Belfast Telegraph

Snipes arrives to start jail term

Wesley Snipes has arrived at a federal prison in Pennsylvania to begin serving a three-year sentence for failure to file income tax returns.

The Blade star entered the Federal Correctional Institution McKean this morning, said Federal Prisons spokesman Ed Ross. He had been ordered to arrive by noon.

The minimum security prison camp in the north-western Pennsylvania town of Lewis Run is worlds away from the harsh prison fortresses depicted in the Snipes' films Undisputed and Brooklyn's Finest.

The minimum-security camp doesn't have fences around its perimeter and the 300 non-violent inmates live in barracks that feature two-man rooms.

The 48-year-old Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanour counts of wilful failure to file income tax returns. Several last minute appeals that would have delayed his imprisonment were rejected.

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