Gun charge against Buju Banton dropped in deal with US prosecutors
Buju Banton has thrown in the towel and scraped all future plans of filing another appeal for a release from prison.
The Grammy-winning reggae singer strike a deal with US Attorney office barring him from filing future appeal and in return for the dismissal of a gun charge.
Since the news broke last week, Buju Banton fans have been sounding off on social media on why he took the deal.
Sources connected to the “Driver” singer said that it was his best option.
“Buju fought a good fight and it all came down to choosing the lesser of two evil,” sources told us.
“The state was preparing to go after him on the gun charge which could have added five more years to his sentence if they had gotten a conviction. Buju has under four more years on his current sentence and his appeals were going nowhere so it wasn’t a case of him giving up, its a case of doing the smart thing,” our source said.
“The system was against the Gargamel from day one and even while behind bars the system was still trying to break him. Buju is a strong and positive youth so you can expect to emerge stronger from this.”
Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, is currently serving 10 years in prison for drug trafficking following a 2011 conviction. He is scheduled for release in February 2019.
Urban Islandz sources also told us that Buju Banton is currently doing a degree behind bars and writing a lot of music.
“You can look out for the best of Buju Banton music when he leaves prison and return to Jamaica,” sources said.
Buju Banton won a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2011 for his critically acclaimed album Before The Dawn.
Buju Banton Still In Prison Despite Rumors Of Release
Jailed Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will be out of prison in less than four years, after striking a deal with United States prosecutors that would see him dodging a pending gun charge.
The US Attorney’s Office disclosed yesterday that in exchange for waiving all appeals related to his 2011 conviction on a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge, Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, will no longer face the firearms charge.
He had been convicted on the gun count in 2011 as well, but the conviction was thrown out. However, an appeals court upheld it. A new trial was subsequently ordered after the court found that a juror had inappropriately researched a legal theory relating to the charge.
If the prosecutors had proceeded with the case and Buju was convicted, he would have faced an additional five years in prison.
Buju will be out of prison in January 2019. He will be deported to Jamaica on his release.
Embattled reggae star Buju Banton is still serving his sentenced in a Florida prison despite rumors that he was released early and deported back to Jamaica.
Yesterday, social media was buzzing about the Gargamel’s early release after several dancehall-based websites ran a story claiming that he was released under the new sentencing changes for convicted drug traffickers.
A rep for the Grammy-winning reggae singer told Urban Islandz that these reports are false and damaging.
“These reports are false and the folks behind these websites are doing more harm than good,” his rep told us. “We have been getting numerous phone calls since yesterday and even from people seeking bookings and interviews so let me put this to rest, the news is false.”
More than 1700 drug offenders have already being identified as being eligible for early released in Florida under the rollback of the federal guidelines.
Unfortunately, these changes does not apply to inmates such as Buju Banton, who is serving the minimum mandatory sentence.
In a motion filed in December last year, Banton lawyers argued that he has been working behind bars and has very good conduct. He requested that authorities releases him and deports him back to his homeland Jamaica.
But the U.S. Sentencing Commission says only congress can change mandatory minimum penalties.
Buju Banton also lost his appeal in the US Appeals Court earlier this year. The court argued that they don’t have jurisdiction over the case.
This means that Buju Banton will serve out his 10-year sentence until 2019.