Former 49er Bubba Paris Sentenced to Probation for Failing to File Tax Return
By Beth Sorensen
Mon May 19th, 2014 5:39pm America/Los_Angeles
OAKLAND — Former San Francisco 49ers left tackle William “Bubba” Paris has been sentenced in federal court in Oakland to two years of probation for failing to file a tax return for the 2006 tax year.
Paris, 53, of Discovery Bay, who now works as a motivational speaker, was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Kandis Westmore on Thursday.
Paris pleaded guilty before Westmore in October to a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a tax return on $57,187 in income earned from his business in 2006.
Although he pleaded guilty to only one count, he admitted in a written guilty plea that he also did not file returns on $83,856 earned from the business in 2007 and $41,700 in 2008.
Paris also agreed in the plea bargain to pay the U.S. Internal Revenue Service $126,530 in restitution, which he paid in March, according to court filings.
Paris played for the 49ers from 1983 through 1990. The team won three Super Bowl championships during those years.
Prosecutors unsuccessfully sought the maximum one-year prison term for the conviction, arguing that a custody sentence would be consistent “with the seriousness of this offense and the nationwide problem associated with this crime.”
Defense attorney Christopher Lavorato asked for probation. He said in a sentencing brief that Paris accepts “full and complete responsibility” for the offense and has now paid the restitution, filed his most recent tax returns and hired an accountant.
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