Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years prison in Florida today on tax evasion charges after a jury found him guilty in February.
Snipes failed to pay taxes for three years resulting in the government claiming he owed nearly $3 million dollars. However, his attorneys claim that he owes only $228,000.
His lawyers requested that U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges limit their client’s sentence in a hearing this morning. They thought he should get no prison time and no fine. Instead, he received the maximum penalty.
Snipes was acquitted of three other similar misdemeanors as well as two felony charges of tax fraud and conspiracy.