Breaking News: One Tree Hill’s Antwon Tanner Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail, Not Fired

13 01 2010

Antwon Tanner (Skills, One Tree Hill) has been sentenced to three months in jail prison but has not been fired from the show, according to Newsday.com. After he completes his prison term, however, he will have to serve 5 months of home detention. (Full disclosure: I have freelanced for Newsday.)

In August, Tanner plead guilty to fraud charges. He had been arrested in April and accused of distributing fake social security numbers. Reports at the time said he faced up to 10 years in prison. The CW said nothing had been decided in regards to his future with One Tree Hill.

According to today’s report, the judge said Tanner’s actions were based on “greed.” Tanner, addressing the judge, said he has “worked so hard” and this is “an embarrassment to my family, my kids, my wife, my fans.”

Tanner’s lawyer told Newsday that this was a case of “stupidity,” not greed. He pointed out that Tanner had a six-figure income but has since suffered financially.

In a poll I conducted in August, 44 percent of voters said this should be irrelevant to Tanner’s career on the show. Thirty-seven percent, however, said he should be fired since he was found guilty of a crime. Another 19 percent expressed shock and uncertainty.

Prior to the hiatus, One Tree Hill (episode 7.12) showed Tanner’s character moving to Los Angeles to pursue a new career.

Tanner tweeted last week that life is “hectic” but also said he is working on his own show.

Tanner must surrender to authorities by April 30. I will update if and when the network/show releases a comment.

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9 responses

13 01 2010
Alex

Woww…only six figures??? That’s lame

13 01 2010
CandyMaize

Not condoning his actions, but my best to him.

13 01 2010
DutchGuyErwin

OMJ. Oh My Judy.

13 01 2010
Christy-Anne

I think it would be smart if he can turn himself in NOW & be able to come back for the end of the season… who knows if there may be a S8… so it would be sad. It sucks that this happened, but people do dumb things when they are desperate!

13 01 2010
Alyssa

It must be hard for his family. I was shocked last spring when I first heard about this. Although I don’t believe he deserves any special treatment because he is a celeb, I’m happy that OTH isn’t firing him and ruining the character for the fans.

14 01 2010
Kendal

In my opinion, he deserves it. I actually think he should have been sentenced for a longer period of time. He has gotten of easy. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever. He knew exactly what he was doing.

3 02 2010
sallymae

this is a sad thing and i hope he learn from this experience. But he also have a movie coming out on DVD Feb 9 called Dead Tone its a very good movie and ill be the first 1 to support him and his movie

11 02 2010
sallymae

hey yall u know that Dead Tone has been release on dvd and is now available online to buy and will be in the Red Boxs real soon so make sure you pick it up.i already got my copy so you get yours.

8 03 2010
lorna

wish he was fired. i haven’t like the character since like, s6. he’s just a waste of screen time and antwon is ungrateful.

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