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    Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    Snipes Gets Maximum Sentence: 36 Months
    Asked For 'Mercy,' Received Deterrence

    OCALA, Fla. -- Wesley Snipes was sentenced to 36 months in prison Thursday, the maximum sentence allowed.

    Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor charges for not filing his taxes.

    During the sentencing, Snipes did apologize.

    "I asked this court to show me mercy and the opportunity to set things right," Snipes said. "This will never happen again. I am very sorry for my mistakes or my errors."

    He added, "being in the spotlight attracts loving fans, and jackals."

    However, the judge indicated that deterrent was an important factor in tax cases.

    "There's nothing unusual about prosecuting a celebrity," Judge William Hodges said. "[Snipes] never mentioned the words tax or taxes in his apology."

    Prosecutors, too, sought the maximum sentence to deter others from attempting to avoid tax payments.

    "We think it sends a real message," U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill said. "Again you have to pay your taxes. If you dispute the taxes you owe, contact the IRS and go through the formal process. To continually just say, 'I don't owe taxes, you must show me why I owe taxes,' it seemed his position was ludicrous."

    Snipes was not forced to surrender immediately. Instead the judge said he can surrender at a later date, somewhere nearer to his New Jersey home.

    Snipes’ defense team spent the morning arguing that he should not have to go to prison.

    Snipes had appeared confident when he arrived at the federal courthouse Thursday morning.

    In the pre-sentencing report, the probation department said that Snipes’ conduct could be construed as trying to obstruct the investigation. The report said that could be grounds to increase Snipes’ jail time.

    Snipes had many character witness letters written by friends, including Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington.

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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    You're required to serve 85% of Federal sentences, IIRC.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison
    Don't worry. I've seen this movie, it turns out ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razor Shines View Post
    Don't worry. I've seen this movie, it turns out ok.
    I'd pay real money if someone told him to "Be well!" on his way into jail.
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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    Here's to the man getting one more nice dinner at Taco Bell before he enters the Cryochamber.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    Mellow greetings, inmate #415094

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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    I could have sworn I saw something a few weeks ago that said he was acquitted.
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    Wasn't he hiding in Angola or somewhere to avoid this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I could have sworn I saw something a few weeks ago that said he was acquitted.
    That was on the felony charges. These were misdemeanor charges. 3.5 years is a long sentence for a misdemeanor. This sentence was the Federal government sending a message to other would-be tax evaders.

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    Action star Wesley Snipes was found not guilty of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy charges Friday, but was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    That was on the felony charges. These were misdemeanor charges. 3.5 years is a long sentence for a misdemeanor. This sentence was the Federal government sending a message to other would-be tax evaders.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22955757/

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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    Hard for me to feel sorry for a guy making that much $ and not paying his taxes like the rest of us do. I get whacked every year this time for not having kids and actually making a decent salary (God forbid!). But, I still pay the new mafia their protection money even though it prevents me from getting ahead in life.

    See ya in a couple of years Wesley.

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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    It's a good thing he knows all those kung-fu moves because once he goes to the slammer he'll need it.
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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate39 View Post
    It's a good thing he knows all those kung-fu moves because once he goes to the slammer he'll need it.
    I very much doubt he'll be in that type of prison environment. Tax evasion isn't violent crime.

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    Re: Simon Phoenix gets 3 years in the Cryoprison

    If it happened to any of us, what would happen?

    This was a deliberate act on his part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pahster View Post
    I very much doubt he'll be in that type of prison environment. Tax evasion isn't violent crime.
    I'm sure there are still some sex starved prison inmates where ever he's going.
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