Reggae Star Buju Banton Asks Court to Release Him Early From Prison
Grammy winning Jamaican reggae artiste, Buju Banton, who was convicted on cocaine trafficking charges in 2011, has filed a motion in court in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, according to a report in a Florida newspaper.
Efforts by Dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.
The Tampa Bay Tribune reports that Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, filed his own motion from prison asking to be released early based on a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.
Banton is serving his sentence in a prison run by Corrections Corporation of America in McRae, Georgia. His case is on appeal.
Hype Life Magazine understands that Buju Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.
In his motion, Banton argues he should be sentenced to 92 months in prison under the new guidelines. He says he’s been “working in prison since his incarceration” and has “very good conduct’’ behind bars.
Buju is currently serving a mandatory ten-year sentence for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
The Jamaica-born reggae star was convicted in February 2011, days after he won a Grammy award for his album Before The Dawn. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.
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