RI Reality Star Wants Sentence Thrown Out

by | July 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM | TV News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Reality TV star Richard Hatch is asking a federal appeals court to throw out a nine-month prison sentence handed down earlier this year for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of the hit CBS show “Survivor.”

In a brief filed on Thursday in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hatch says the lower court overlooked several factors in finding that he violated the terms of his supervised release by failing to file amended tax returns for 2000 and 2001.

Hatch also argues the sentence imposed in March is unreasonable and exceeds prosecutors’ recommendations by three months. He wants the appeals panel to order the lower court to toss out the case or order further hearings. Hatch is imprisoned in West Virginia.

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