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April 8, 2013

Wesley Snipes released from prison

'Blade Trilogy' actor served 3-year jail term for tax evasion

Wesley Snipes released from prison

Wesley Snipes was released from prison on Tuesday (April 2), reports AP.

The Blade Trilogy actor had been serving a 3-year prison term in the Federal Correction Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania for failing to file income tax returns. He entered the prison in December 2010.

Snipes, who was convicted of tax evasion in 2008, was released on Tuesday and has been placed under house arrest until July 19. At the time of his conviction, prosecutors said Snipes had earned more than $37million (£24million) in gross income between 1999 and 2004, but had not filed tax returns or paid any federal taxes.

The actor, who is famous for his roles in the Blade trilogy and White Men Can't Jump, denies he was ever given a fair trial, saying the press had misrepresented his case and the legal system had not worked in his favour.

Snipes had appealed to a court in Atlanta in the US state of Georgia after being found guilty by the jury in Florida, however, the court upheld the conviction and sentence.

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