ORLANDO, Fla. — Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered Wednesday to voluntarily surrender at a federal prison in Pennsylvania next week to begin his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes.
The U.S. Marshal’s Office ordered Snipes to report by noon on Dec. 9 to the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pa.
Snipes had tried unsuccessfully to remain free on bail while appealing his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 48-year-old star of the ‘‘Blade’’ trilogy was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He was acquitted of five other charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy.
His attorney, Daniel Meachum, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
The prison is a medium security facility with an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum security offenders. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said agency policy prohibited him from saying which unit would house Snipes.
Following his conviction by a federal jury in Ocala, Fla., about 70 miles north of Orlando, Snipes appealed to the appellate court in Atlanta. But the appellate court upheld the conviction and sentence.
Judge rejects Trump suit over Fla. jet noise
MIAMI — A Florida judge has rejected a lawsuit by Donald Trump that claims noise from a nearby airport is hurting his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.
Trump’s attorney told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he plans to refile the case against Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach International Airport after the judge’s decision Tuesday.
The lawsuit filed in July was the latest legal action by Trump in a decades-old disagreement over noise control at the airport, which is near his club. Mar-a-Lago is a 126-room private club in a historic mansion.
Trump’s suit argued that noise, vibrations and emissions from passing aircraft were damaging the property value of his estate.
The judge left an option for Trump’s side to refile an amended lawsuit within 20 days.