January 22, 2010

Thorpe Sentenced

Professional golfer Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to a year in prison for income tax evasion

Thorpe has won 13 times on the Champions Tour.

Thorpe has won 13 times on the Champions Tour.

ORLANDO, Fla. (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.

Horwitz said Thorpe "has accepted his punishment and will be getting on with his life."

Thorpe has won 13 times on the Champions Tour and three times on the PGA Tour.