After pleading guilty earlier this year for a failure to file federal income-tax returns from 2003-2005, Beanie Sigel will be sentenced tomorrow morning (July 12) at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, XXLMag.com has learned. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that federal prosecutors are seeking the maximum allowable sentence, which is three years in prison.
Sigel, real name Dwight Grant, earned in excess of $1 million in net income from 2003 through 2005 and owed the IRS approximately $348,077 in taxes during that time period, but didn’t pay anything.
Tomorrow, he’ll learn his legal fate.
“It’s difficult to predict the outcome in cases like this,” Sigel’s attorney Fortunato N. Perri, Jr. told XXLMag.com. “The sentencing judge is going to evaluate all the factors, including his background. Hopefully, the court will recognize that this is not a crime of violence.”
Perri adds that “incarceration is an option.”
Although it’s non-related to this case, it doesn’t help any that Sigel’s priors include being accused of attempted murder (charges he beat in an acquittal in 2005).
In relation to this case, Beans was originally supposed to be sentenced back in April. However, Perri told the court that his client had not provided the financial information a probation officer requested or permitted a home visit by the officer. That pushed the sentencing back to July 12, tomorrow.
Just last month, Scarface re-confirmed plans of he and Beans working on and releasing their proposed joint album.
“I think the name of the album’s gon be The First 48,” ‘Face told XXLMag.com. “We gon do a double album. First 48, Second 48. Beanie came up with that shit. It’s dope. The minute that everything is a go, we gon put our lives on camera and we gon record the first one in 48 hours.”
Check back with XXLMag.com tomorrow to learn the results of Beanie Sigel’s sentencing.—Mark Lelinwalla