Thursday, June 23, 2011
Despite pleas for leniency from family members, fans and supporters, a federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton on Thursday to ten years in prison for conspiring to set up a cocaine deal.
Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense, reports the AP.
The judge did throw out a gun charge, lowering Banton’s sentence from 15 years to 10. Mark Myrie (Buju), 37, father of 15 children, was also ordered to serve five years of probation following his release from prison.