Stephen Baldwin to avoid jail in tax case
NEW YORK CITY, New York (AP) - Stephen Baldwin will avoid jail and will have up to five years to pay US$350,000 (S$437,000) in back taxes and penalties, his lawyer said on Monday.
Attorney Russell Yankwitt said he and prosecutors tentatively agreed that Baldwin, youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers, will admit in court this month that he repeatedly failed to file his New York state income tax returns.
Baldwin, who starred in 1995's The Usual Suspects, is accused of skipping his 2008, 2009 and 2010 returns. When he was arrested in December, the district attorney said Baldwin could face up to four years in prison if convicted.
But at Monday's closed-door conference, "The district attorney's office and the judge made it very clear that Mr Baldwin will not be going to prison," Yankwitt said.