Blade aka Nino Brown from New Jack City aka Wesley Snipes has been released from prison. The acclaimed actor had been in the bing since 2010 for tax evasion.
Passenger 57 is no longer Inmate #43355-018 — TMZ has learned Wesley Snipes has been released from prison. The Federal Bureau of Prisons tells TMZ … Snipes was released on April 2 and transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office, which will oversee his home confinement. Home confinement (aka house arrest) will end July 19. Snipes checked into McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania back in December 2010 after he was convicted for failing to file federal income tax returns. Let this be a reminder … you’ve got 10 days left, people!!!
Back in 2008, Snipes was convicted of willful failure to file federal income tax returns. Despite a number of appeals, he began serving his three year sentence in December, 2010 and even filed another appeal in 2011 that was rejected. Our only advice for Mr. Snipes is a handy Jay-Z lyric from “Show You How” off The Blueprint 2; ”Pay ya taxes, you ni–as is hustling backwards.” Welcome home Wesley!
A couple weeks ago, Ja Rule was released from upstate prison only to be taken into federal custody. It turns out the Queens rapper is in a Brooklyn jail and will be released in late July after finishing out a two-year sentence for tax evasion.
The Associated Press reports:
The 36-year-old rapper left a state prison in central New York last week after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and went straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he has since moved from an upstate jail to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, which houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences. The bureau said Thursday his expected release date is July 28.
The “Put It On Me” rapper had been serving time for a weapons possession charge. The tax evasion sentence was to run concurrently but Ja was released early for the gun rap thanks to good behavior. In early 2012, Ja infamously said “prison is amazing” when discussing the new friends he made in the bing, including former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski.