Wesley Snipes

AP Photo/Phil Sandlin

Wesley Snipes gets to have a little more fun in the sun after all.

A day after a court ordered him to surrender by June 3 to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns, the actor was begrudgingly granted bail that will keep him a free man until his pending appeal is settled.

U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges wrote in his decision he was "dubious" of the merit of Snipes' appeal, but that the Blade star could end up serving his entire sentence before the next chapter of this saga is addressed.

In arguing for bail, Snipes' attorneys wrote their client is already "actively engaged in resolving his liabilities with the IRS civilly." When they showed up for court on the day of his sentencing, Snipe's legal team brought $5 million worth of checks to give to IRS agents on the scene.

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