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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BREAKING NEWS: Antwon Tanner Pleads Guilty to Fraud

21 08 2009

According to Newsday.com (a reptuable, nationally-known newspaper from where I grew up), Antwon Tanner (Skills, One Tree Hill) plead guilty “in Brooklyn federal court today to illegally selling Social Security numbers for $10,000.”

Tanner, when sentenced in late November, faces up to 10 years in prison but will likely get “between 6 and 12 months, according to prosecutors, [since] there was no evidence that the numbers were actually used to defraud anyone.”

Tanner has said via Twitter that he will be appearing in One Tree Hill’s seventh season, which premieres Sept. 14.

I will update as more info comes in, but Tanner isn’t expected to comment until his sentencing.

He was first arrested in April.  I am doing a revised version of the poll I had posted then. 

Please vote.

 








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