Hype Life Magazine has gathered that US authorities shaved nearly two months off the prison sentence of Jamaican Grammy Award-winning entertainer Buju Banton.
The US Federal Bureau of Prison indicated on its website yesterday that the artiste, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is to be released on December 8, 2018.
The Bureau of Prisons had originally indicated that Buju would be released from the McRae correctional institution in Atlanta, Georgia, in February 2019.
The reduced sentence comes months after the US Attorney’s Office in Florida announced an agreement in which it says the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.
In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.
In November 2015, reports surfaced that “Boom Bye Bye” singer may have an early release from prison. However, sources close to the entertainer told Hype Life Magazine this is not the case.
“Unfortunately, it’s a rumour,” said the insider.
In October, the United States Justice Department announced it would be releasing about 6,600 inmates early from prison to cut overcrowding and give relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences.
This would be the largest onetime release of federal prisoners. According to officials, one-third of the amount are said to be foreign citizens who would be deported.
Buju Banton, who was arrested in 2009, was convicted on cocaine charges in February 2011.
He’s serving a mandatory 10-year sentence at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia. The artiste is scheduled to be deported to Jamaica in 2019.
Days after his conviction, Buju Banton (given name Mark Myrie) won a Grammy Award for his album Before Dawn. His other albums include ‘Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000).