"Blade" Behind Bars: Wesley Snipes Ordered to Begin Serving 3-Year Prison Sentence
11.20.10 by BJSprecher
Action star Wesley Snipes, most famous for portraying Blade, the "Daywalker" in the Blade trilogy of movies, lost an appeal for a new trial on Friday and was ordered to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to begin serving a 36-month prison sentence for his 2008 conviction on three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file federal tax returns. In his 17-page order, U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges said, "The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial.... The time has come for the judgment to be enforced."
Snipes' attorney, Daniel Meachum, called the judge's verdict "shocking" and said, "Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive." Meachum said his defense team was "determined to exhaust all plausible avenues" in appealing the decision, up to and including taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.