Wesley Snipes Released from Prison: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes was in New York this week after being released from prison and transferred to home confinement, reports TMZ. Here’s what you should know.

1. He Will Be Under House Arrest

Wesley Under Hosue Arrest

Snipes was released from prison on April 2, with the New York Community Corrections Office overseeing his house confinement. Snipes will be under house arrest to serve the rest of his sentence, which ends July 19.

2. Snipes Was Jailed for Tax Evasion

Wesley Arrested

The actor ended up in prison after being charged in 2008 with failing to file his tax returns. A jury ruled Snipes willfully failed to file returns for for 1999, 2000 and 2001. He was also charged for conspiracy against the government when the court believed that he was in cahoots with his tax advisers Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas P. Rosile. Snipes appealed to the court that he was being falsely targeted due to his star status and had been tricked by his advisers. He was acquitted of the conspiracy charge.

3. He Started His Sentence in December 2010

Prison Cell

Snipes began his prison sentence on December 2010 at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania. Even though his sentence was officially 36 months, Snipes was only expected to do 26 months and get transferred to house confinement, according the Daily Mail.

4. He Has a Wife and Five Kids

Wesley Snipes Family

The actor wanted to push his incarceration date to the New Year to spend time with his wife, Nakyung Nikki Park, and his five children during Christmas. However, his request was denied and served his sentence on December 9, 2010.

5. He Might Appear in Expendables 3

Expendables Cast

One bright spot for Snipes is his rumored role in The Expendables 3. Actor Dolph Lundgren spoke with Digital Spy, saying that Sylvester Stallone has considering adding Snipes to the next installment of the ensemble action film franchise. Snipes was originally in the running to play Terry Crew’s Hale Caesar but wasn’t allowed to leave the U.S. without the court’s approval.


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