(Photo: Getty Images) 45-year-old Wesley Snipes was sentenced to 3 years in prison today by U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges. The actor has to serve time behind bars because he failed to file his tax returns, reports People.

“I’m very sorry for my mistakes and errors. I apologize to my family, the court and the community,” Snipes said as his wife looked on. “I’ve asked the court to show me mercy and the opportunity to make things right.”

According to reports, Snipes paid $5 million as a gesture of good will at the time of his sentencing, but surprisingly that’s not even half of what he owes. Prosecutors say that he owes close to $41 million in back taxes.

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