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Friday, 24 June 2011

Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug charges

Embattled reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to serve 10 years behind bars for allegedly planning a cocaine deal in 2009.

The Jamaican hit-maker was taken into custody two years ago after he was busted with two other men. The case originally went before a judge last year but ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

A second trial got underway in a Florida court in February and Banton was convicted on three counts - including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, which carries a potential 15-year sentence.

Banton appealed for a shorter term earlier this month and the judge in the case received letters from several of Banton's 15 children, Jamaican officials and celebrities including actor Danny Glover, asking him for leniency.

However, on Thursday June 23, U.S. District Judge James S. Moody ordered the singer, real name Mark Myrie, to serve 10 years behind bars.

The judge did throw out a gun possession charge, lowering Banton's sentence from 15 years to 10. He was also ordered to serve five years of probation following his release from prison, according to the Associated Press.


Ch5335ng said...

He had some nice hits back in the day. But as a Jamo, any surprises here? They love their drugs and sex. Lol at Banton's 15 children...

Anonymous said...

Too abd i liked Buju a lot

Yimiton said...

I just looove Buju Banton's songs. It's nice to know his real name is Mark Myrie but I prefer Buju Banton sha, it's got a sexy appeal to it. Little wonder he's got 15 kids and I totally concur with Ch5335ng. For Raggai artist, drugs is simply a way of life.
I hope he comes out of prison stronger and storms us with one wonderful album; maybe story of his stay behind bars.

Anonymous said...

Shey "boom bye bye to a batty bwoi head"? I hope they rape you repeatedly in jail. Asshole.

No wonder he hates gays so much. When they can't procreate for you to add to your sports team.

Anonymous said...

anoymous is prolly a disgruntled gay dude. be careful what you wish for tothers. and dont attack him cause gays cant procreate. it's not his fault.homosexuality is just not natural!

Anonymous said...

fuck yea....he deserves wats cmin to him.

Anonymous said...

Buyaka buyaka...I grew up listening to Buju!

Ogbologbo said...

I bet my money anonymous is definatelt GAY.......he gat so much hate for brethren banton.......free BUJU

Anonymous said...

This case is a stitch up, like Peter Tosh, Buju made enemies amongst the political class for his militant beliefs. The authorites are out to silence him. The suppossed informant against Buju was paid 50,000 dollar "commision" by the Law Enforcments, how can that be reliable evidence?

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