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Friday 30 January 2015

Snipes almost a free man

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Actor Wesley Snipes attends the "Brooklyn's Finest" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2009 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes has reportedly been released from prison two years and four months after he was incarcerated for tax evasion.

The 50-year-old actor-and-martial artist is almost a free man after serving two years and four months in a Pennsylvania federal prison for tax evasion.

Radar Online reports he was set free on Tuesday and transferred to New York Community Corrections.

The programme provides residence for pre-release inmates who remain in custody with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

He is expected to be released from corrections on July 19, less than two weeks before his 51st birthday.

The Blade: Trinity star turned himself in to the maximum security McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania in December 2010 to begin serving a three-year sentence after losing an appeal for a retrial.

Wesley was found guilty on three misdemeanour counts of failing to file federal income tax returns on his $38 million income.

He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal insisting he was kept in the dark by his advisers.  

Apparently he’s wasting no time returning to work.

The star has already been attached to action sequel The Expendables 3. Sylvester Stallone’s pet project became a runaway hit when its first instalment was released in 2010, reuniting aging action heroes including the Rocky star himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Jet Li.

The third release is scheduled to hit cinemas next year.

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