Prosecutors urge immediate jail for actor Snipes

Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:44pm EDT
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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to revoke bail for actor Wesley Snipes and order him to prison immediately to begin serving a three-year sentence for failing to file federal income tax returns.

"There is no good reason to delay his surrender," prosecutors argued in a motion to revoke Snipes' bail, according to court records.

A hearing on the motion is pending.

Snipes' attorney, Daniel Meachum, told Reuters he would respond soon to the prosecutors' motion.

He would not provide details but said the defense motions would be filed in both the district and appellate courts.

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the 47-year-old actor's 2008 conviction in an Ocala, Florida, court for three misdemeanors stemming from felony tax charges.

Snipes, star of the "Blade" movie trilogy, was charged in a 2006 indictment with trying to illegally collect a $7.3 million federal tax refund and failing to file tax returns from 2000 to 2005.

In his appeal, the actor claimed the sentence was unreasonable and that he should have been considered for probation.   Continued...

<p>Wesley Snipes arrives at the Venice Film Festival September 7, 2009. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri</p>