A Florida court sentenced Wesley Snipes to 36 months in prison for tax evasion on Thursday, despite the actor’s plea for mercy and written character testimonials by fellow stars Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson.
During the sentencing, Snipes did apologize.
“I asked this court to show me mercy and the opportunity to set things right,” Snipes said. “This will never happen again. I am very sorry for my mistakes or my errors.”
He added, “being in the spotlight attracts loving fans, and jackals.”
However, the judge indicated that deterrent was an important factor in tax cases.