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Lauryn Hill Gets Sentenced to Prison

by Associated Press

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    Eight-time Grammy winning singer Lauryn Hill, center, walks to federal court in Newark, N.J., Monday, May 6, 2013, for sentencing in her tax evasion case. Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She faces up to a year in prison on each of three counts. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

She was also sentenced Monday in Newark to three additional months of home confinement.

The 37-year-old South Orange resident pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

It's not clear when or where she'd report to prison.

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