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Snipes ordered to prison for tax evasion

December 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A judge in Orlando, Fla., ordered actor Wesley Snipes to a federal prison next week to serve his 3-year sentence in Pennsylvania.Snipes was given prison time for his 2008 conviction for willful failure to file income tax returns. Snipes must voluntarily surrender at the Federal Correctional Institution Mckean in Lewis Run, Pa., by noon on Dec. 9.

Snipes had tried unsuccessfully to remain free on bail while appealing his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following his conviction by a federal jury in Ocala, Fla., about 70 miles north of Orlando, Snipes appealed to the appellate court in Atlanta. But the appellate court upheld the conviction and sentence.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.