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Florida judge denies Wesley Snipes motion for new trial

OCALA, Fla. — A judge in Florida has denied actor Wesley Snipes’ request for a new trial as the film star is scheduled to start a three year prison sentence in Pennsylvania for failing to pay taxes.

U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges on Thursday rejected an emergency motion that Snipes had filed a day earlier. The judge says the emergency motion merely reargues issues that have already been decided.

Snipes has been ordered to report to a federal prison in Lewis Run, Pa. by noon Thursday.

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.