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Buju Banton On Why He Gave Up And Decides To Serve Full Sentence

Gun charge against Buju Banton dropped in deal with US prosecutors

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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

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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.


Buju Banton News: Court Dismiss Appeal


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.


They say BUJU is LOSING his HAIR in PRISON due to STRESS! Do you believe it's TRUE or that is a PHOTO-shopped PIC

Reggae Singer Buju Banton

Buju Banton legal bill is mounting after a US Court of Appeal dismiss the reggae singer’s application for a new trial.

Last year lawyers representing the embattled Grammy-winning reggae star filed an application in the appeal court requesting a new trial on the grounds of juror misconduct.

But on Thursday, three judges concluded that the US Appeals Court handed down a ruling that dismissed the case on the grounds that they do not have jurisdiction over the case.

Buju Banton lawyers, headed by Charles Ogletree, confirmed this morning that they are taking their case to the US Full Court.

Buju Banton is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a Florida prison after being convicted on drug trafficking charges.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. The singer said he was unfairly targeted and trapped into a drug deal by a paid informant.

If he serves his entire sentence, Buju Banton would be released from prison in 2019.


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Comment by YVONNE PINNEY on May 26, 2015 at 3:26pm
People always doing to blame game.....
Comment by Gee on May 25, 2015 at 10:14pm


Comment by Gary Clementson on May 24, 2015 at 8:27pm

Look what they did to Marcus Garvey , much less buju.

Comment by Jenny Wu on May 24, 2015 at 2:45am

After he gets out of prison, he will be deported back to Jamaica.  A convicted felon.  That means no more concerts in the states.  They succeeded in preventing him from making $$. . . but worse of all, they are depriving me of seeing him in concert!  

Comment by K. LeBlanc on May 23, 2015 at 9:46pm

they got my boy down man. smh. he'll come out stronger though!

and wait, is the last photo recent? what exactly am I seeing/ I had no idea he was loosing his hair

Comment by Ronsay on May 23, 2015 at 12:31am

They do us soooo dirty! Karma is a B......can't wait to hear his story

Comment by Petra Renee' on May 22, 2015 at 9:25pm
Can't break Buju!! Praying for you!!!
Comment by Mr. Johnson on May 22, 2015 at 6:44pm

He did the right thing. Don't risk an additional 5 years. See you in 2019 Buju. Keep your head up.

Comment by Nicole Kitt-Wilson on May 22, 2015 at 12:22pm

He looks good despite the situation... Hold your head up and PRAY!

Comment by carolyn johnson on May 16, 2015 at 5:23pm

get out get back to your music went every someone music getting extra good someone always knock they down if its not drugs gun its the famous  u rape me

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