PRISON STRIPES SNIPES

Published on: April 24, 2008
PRISON STRIPES SNIPES

A judge threw the book -- a 3 year prison sentence -- at  Wesley Snipes bringing his tax trial to an end.

Looking to make an example of the star, they call a "notorious", "inveterate" offender; prosecutors  demanded and got a three year prison sentence and minimum $5 million fine when Snipes was sentenced in Florida.

"Wesley Snipes is not a dangerous man who needs to be imprisoned to protect the public," his attorneys pleaded in vain.

Attached to the Snipes statement was more than three dozen letters commending the actor's good character from friends and celebrities like Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson.

Snipes showed continued  "contempt over a period of time" for U.S. tax laws,  District Judge William Terrell Hodges ruled.
 
Now that the prosecution got their way, Snipes, star of the Blade film series, will be fending off more than vampires behind bars.