Attorney: Wesley Snipes not yet in prison

November 22, 2010
FILE - In this March 2, 2010 file photo, Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of "Brooklyn's Finest" in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
FILE - In this March 2, 2010 file photo, Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of "Brooklyn's Finest" in New York.

The attorney for Wesley Snipes says the actor has not yet surrendered to federal authorities to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for a tax conviction.

Attorney Daniel Meachum said in an e-mail Monday that he's focused on trying to free Snipes rather than a surrender date. Snipes has been free on bail for two years while appealing his 2008 conviction for willful failure to file income tax returns.

A Florida federal judge last week ordered Snipes to begin serving his prison sentence but did not set a surrender date.

The 48-year-old Snipes starred in the "Blade" trilogy, "White Men Can't Jump" and other films. He has recently been in Atlanta working on a new movie called "Master Daddy."