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Stephen Baldwin may get deal in tax case, lawyer says

Actor Stephen Baldwin attends the Cinema Society screening

Actor Stephen Baldwin attends the Cinema Society screening of "Footloose" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel's screening room in Manhattan. (Oct. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Actor Stephen Baldwin and Rockland County prosecutors are working on a plea deal that would keep him out of jail on tax evasion charges, his lawyer said Monday.

Baldwin, 46, had been scheduled to appear in Nyack Justice Court on Tuesday to face felony charges, but the case was adjourned to March 5 after his attorney, Russell Yankwitt, asked for more time to work out an agreement that would allow him to avoid up to four years behind bars.

"We are still negotiating with the Rockland DA's office but we've been assured that Mr. Baldwin will not be incarcerated and we are working together on a negotiated monetary relief," Yankwitt said. "This is a plea deal being offered to Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Baldwin said he will work hard to pay back the money to the government that he owes."

Yankwitt said he was "confident we'll reach an amicable agreement."

Baldwin, who lives in Upper Grandview, was arrested in December after failing to pay more than $350,000 in income taxes to New York State for 2008, 2009 and 2010, officials said.

Baldwin, the youngest of three acting Baldwin brothers, grew up in Massapequa, Long Island.

A message seeking comment from the Rockland County district attorney's office was not immediately returned.

Yankwitt said Baldwin "appreciates the government's understanding" and is trying to pay back as much as possible.

"Mr. Baldwin relied on professionals, former attorneys and former accountants to take care of certain matters of his, and they did not take care of what they said," Yankwitt said.

On his Twitter feed, Baldwin describes himself as an "actor, author, Jesus freak, radio talk show host and the kookiest of the Baldwin brothers."

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