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Champions Tour golfer Jim Thorpe gets one year in prison for unpaid taxes

He is a winner of 13 Champions Tour events since 2007. From AP-

Professional golfer 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 golfer 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 had faced up to two years in prison.

Thorpe has accepted his punishment and says he will get on with his life. A good idea. I always liked Thorpe, one of the few black golfers to win on the PGA Tour. Thorpe won three tournaments in the 1980′s and contended in a couple of major championships.

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