- Associated Press - Friday, November 19, 2010

OCALA, FLA. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered actor Wesley Snipes to surrender to authorities so he can begin serving a three-year prison sentence for tax related crimes.

U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges on Friday rejected a motion by the actor’s attorneys to review the actor’s sentence and their request for a new trial. Snipes has been free on bond while appealing.

The 48-year-old star of the “Blade” trilogy and Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns.

Messages left by The Associated Press for Snipes‘ attorney and for prison officials were not immediately returned Friday.