LEWIS RUN, Pa. — Actor Wesley Snipes has arrived at a federal prison in Pennsylvania to begin serving a three-year sentence for failure to file income tax returns.
Federal Prisons spokesman Ed Ross says Snipes entered the Federal Correctional Institution McKean on Thursday morning. He had been ordered to arrive by noon.
The minimum security prison camp in the northwestern Pennsylvania 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 nonviolent inmates live in barracks that feature two-man rooms.
The 48-year-old Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns. Several last minute appeals that would have delayed his imprisonment were denied.