Wesley Snipes’ 3-year prison sentence upheld

For failure to file tax returns, action star Wesley Snipes will be carted off to prison and serve a 3-year jail sentence. His appeal was denied by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

The actor, who became famous for films such as Blade and Demolition Man, had owed the government $12 million.

In 2008, Snipes was found guilty of not filing tax returns within the period of 1999 to 2001 by a federal jury in Florida. The original charge had also involved the actor with federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges.

Snipes had hoped that the ruling would be overturned, calling the 3-year sentence “unreasonable.” The appellate court had, however, decided to uphold the ruling of U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges.