Thorpe could be out of prison this month

Jim Thorpe was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of failure to pay income tax.

Champions Tour player Jim Thorpe, who began a one-year prison sentence April 1 for failing to pay income taxes, is expected to be released early, the pastor of his church said.

“He’ll get out a little early; that’s the plan, anyway,” Keith Wilkins, senior pastor at Crossings Community Church in Lake Mary, Fla., said Jan. 5. “It could be this month.”

Wilkins said he learned the news from Thorpe’s wife, Carol, and agent, Mike Lewis.

Phone and e-mail messages left with Lewis were not immediately returned.

Thorpe, 61, a 13-time winner on the Champions Tour, was incarcerated after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay more than $2 million in back taxes, interest and penalties. He also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service. As part of his plea, Thorpe agreed to repay the money. 

Thorpe has served time at the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp located on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

Thorpe has been under suspension by the Tour since February, after he was sentenced. He plans to resume his career on the over-50 Tour upon being released, Wilkins said. 

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