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Lawyer: Stephen Baldwin to avoid jail in tax case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:31 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2013

NEW CITY, N.Y. » Stephen Baldwin's lawyer says the actor will avoid prison and get up to five years to pay back taxes of about $350,000.

Attorney Russell Yankwitt spoke today after a closed-door conference with prosecutors and a judge in Rockland County, N.Y.

Baldwin is accused of not paying New York state income taxes from 2008 to 2010.

Yankwitt said that under a tentative agreement, Baldwin will plead guilty this month to a tax felony.

He says if Baldwin pays the money within a year, his record will be wiped clean. If not, he will be sentenced to probation and given five years to pay back the money.

Baldwin, of Grandview, N.Y., starred in 1995's "The Usual Suspects." He's the youngest of four acting Baldwin brothers.

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Mike174 wrote:
Ya gets jest as much justice as ya kin afford...
on March 11,2013 | 07:07AM
allie wrote:
on March 11,2013 | 10:28AM
pbck wrote:
Nice where different levels of penalties of the same clear cut laws applies to different levels classes. Lower class = Severe punishment Middle class = Usual punishment Upper class = Leniency Celebrity = It never happened. Slate wiped clean.
on March 11,2013 | 10:18AM
false wrote:
He's not just "the youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers." He is the least talented of the bunch.
on March 11,2013 | 11:11AM
cojef wrote:
Wonder if it was a Federal offense he could have gotten off as lightly as the State. Remember in the late 60's our family doctor had to spend 3 years in the klincker for mis-reporting his income. Back then, judges were tough as all hell.
on March 11,2013 | 11:25AM
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