Wesley Snipes is no longer a free man.
The “To Wong Foo” and “Blade” actor surrendered before noon EST to begin serving his 36-month sentence. He will be imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Despite bowing down to the law, Snipes maintains his innocence. He appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Tuesday night saying that although he’s not nervous about reporting to prison, he was more upset that the legal system hadn’t worked in his favor. He blamed his sentence on his own bad decision to rely on the advice of tax professionals.
Snipes had recently appealed to report to prison on January 6, after the holiday season, but that request was denied by a Florida judge who wrote that the actor had plenty of time to prepare “for the impact that his incarceration will have upon members of his family” since he was sentenced more than two years ago.
The 48-year-old star of the “Blade” trilogy was convicted in 2008 in a Florida court on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns. He appealed several times, including a request for a new trial, but his appeals were denied.