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Snipes arrives to start prison term

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

The Blade star entered the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, Pennsylvania, Federal Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said.

The minimum security prison camp in the north-western 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.

Snipes, 48, 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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