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Wesley Snipes Ordered to Prison Next Week

By Ruth Manuel-Logan on Dec 2nd 2010 9:46AM

The “Blade” trilogy star Wesley Snipes is finally going to prison and was ordered to voluntarily give himself up to a federal correctional facility in Pennsylvania next week.

Snipes has been relentless in trying to steer clear of getting locked down since his 2008 conviction for willful failure to file income tax returns by having his legal team work overtime appealing his case. Luckily, Snipes was acquitted of five other charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy.

After Snipes was found guilty, the 48-year-old action-adventure actor appealed to the appellate court in Atlanta, but it upheld the conviction and sentence. Snipes’ eager beaver defense lawyers begged for leniency, and he was freed on bail to challenge the ruling.


Last July, however, the United States Court of Appeals affirmed Snipes’ convictions, and he was mandated to surrender to authorities on Sept. 2nd, but a U.S. District Court judge granted him a postponement pending a retrial hearing this month.

Now, unfortunately, Snipes latest appeal fell on deaf ears, and so he is headed to the slammer and must report to the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pa., by noon on December 9th. The prison is a medium-security facility with an adjacent satellite prison camp for lesser offenders.

But wait, it ain’t over till it’s over! Snipes’ legal team plan on filing yet another appeal on his behalf with the U.S. Supreme Court.