Actor Stephen Baldwin, an Upper Grandview resident, is negotiating a plea agreement with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office in a felony tax evasion case, The Journal News/Lohud.com reports today. He will pay a fine and avoid prison, according to his attorney, Russell M. Yankwitt. The two sides have an agreement in principle and are ironing out the details, Yankwitt said.
“We have been assured that Mr. Baldwin will not be incarcerated. We are looking at an appropriate fine to be payed to the government,” Yankwitt told The Journal News/Lohud.com. “Mr. Baldwin appreciates the careful attention and the patience the government has shown.”
Baldwin, 46, was charged in December with failing to file state income-tax returns for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Prosecutors say he owes more than $350,000 in penalties and interest. He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in Nyack Village Court.
District Attorney Tom Zugibe wouldn’t confirm whether his office is seeking a plea agreement. He said no final deal had been made in the case.
“We are just in conversation,” Zugibe said. “In any felony case discussions take place.”
A hearing at Nyack Village Hall today likely will be adjourned and a new date will be set.
Baldwin, one of actor Alec Baldwin’s younger brothers, starred in “The Usual Suspects.”