Stiff sentence for Snipes?

April 24, 2008 5:51:03 AM PDT
Federal prosecutors say people believe that Wesley Snipes was able to beat the federal government in his tax case. And they are calling on a judge to erase that alleged perception with a stiff sentence. Snipes faced eight counts including felony fraud and conspiracy for challenging the Internal Revenue Service. But he was convicted only of three lesser charges of willful failure to file a tax return.

The Feds want Snipes to pay a heavy price for the convictions when he's sentenced today in Florida. They want him to serve the max: 3 years in prison and a fine of at least 5 million dollars. Prosecutors call him a "notorious" and "inveterate" offender who should be made an example of to stop others from making similar claims that they don't have to pay taxes.

Lawyers for Snipes have asked that the action star get probation, rather than prison.