A federal judge has ordered Wesley Snipes to surrender to authorities Friday to start a three-year prison term for a tax evasion conviction, Reuters reports.
U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges rejected the actor's bid for a new trial, ruling that Snipes had a fair trial. "The time has come for the judgment to be enforced," Hodges said.
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Snipes was convicted in April 2008 in Ocala, Fla., on three misdemeanor charges of failing to file his income tax returns from 1991 to 2001. He had been free on bond while appealing. His attorney, Daniel Meachum, argued that the original trial was biased and that the prosecution's main witness had his own criminal problems.It was not immediately clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his prison time.A call to Meachum was not immediately returned.