facing sentence on tax charges
Wesley Snipes is facing sentencing today on federal tax charges
that could result not only in fines, but prison time as well.
Snipes' sentencing began in a central Florida court and lasted
the entire morning without a decision, while his attorneys are
still arguing for a limited sentence. Wesley Snipes was
acquitted of three identical misdemeanors and two felony charges
of tax fraud and conspiracy, but he was found guilty in February
of willfully failing to file taxes for three years, in which the
government said he owed closed to $2.7 million, while his
lawyers claim his tax liability was only $228,000.
Even if the arguments of the defense are
accepted, the actor is still facing a sentence in the range of
up to 3 years in prison, plus fines. Wesley Snipes' attorneys
want him let off with no prison and no fine, claiming the
government's sentencing guidelines are far from fair for tax
convictions like his. The defense says that until his
conviction, Wesley Snipes had led an exemplary life and are
asking for a probationary sentence. The Wesley Snipes tax fraud
case became so "interesting", that a few online odds makers
posted betting line on whether the actor will be convicted or
not. A guilty verdict was favorite with odds 1/10.