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Actor Wesley Snipes released from prison

Wesley Snipes in 2010, the year he was convicted on tax charges.

Story highlights

  • Snipes was convicted on tax charges in February 2010
  • He was released Tuesday to a supervised residential location
  • The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in 2011
  • Snipes, 50, starred in the "Blade" movie series, among other films

Actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010.

The release to a supervised residential location in New York occurred Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons told CNN.

Snipes, 50, who starred in the "Blade" action movies and "White Men Can't Jump," had been serving time at a federal prison in Pennsylvania. A jury convicted him of willfully failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001. Snipes was acquitted of felony tax fraud and conspiracy charges.

In June 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of his sentence, which he had argued was too harsh for a misdemeanor conviction.