Wesley Snipes to Serve 3 Years in Prison

Celebrity News Nov. 19, 2010 AT 4:04PM
Wesley Snipes to Serve 3 Years in Prison Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com

Wesley Snipes is headed straight for jail.

As ordered by a federal judge Friday, the Blade trilogy actor, 48, must surrender to authorities and immediately begin serving a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes, the Associated Press reports.

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Lawyers for Snipes, 48, had asked Ocala, Fl. Judge William Terrell for a new trial, which Terrell rejected.

Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns.

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No word yet on where Snipes will be incarcerated.

"Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive," Snipes' lawyer said in a statement released after the decision.

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