Thorpe sentenced to year in prison
Friday, January 22, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. – Champions Tour player Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to a year in prison for failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes.
Thorpe’s attorney, Mark Horwitz, said Friday that Thorpe must turn himself in to authorities by April 1. The 60-year-old player also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service. He must try to repay the taxes while he’s on supervised release.
In September, Thorpe pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to pay income taxes and faced up to two years in prison.
Horwitz said Thorpe “has accepted his punishment and will be getting on with his life.”
Thorpe has 13 Champions Tour victories after winning three times on the PGA Tour.
“While it is unfortunate and regrettable that this is the final resolution, Jim has taken responsibility for his actions and has expressed his remorse,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.