Sentencing Hearing Set for Singer Buju Banton

Sentencing Hearing Set for Singer Buju Banton

A sentencing hearing has been set for June 16 for Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton, who faces up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal.

Published March 9, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been set for June 16 for Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton.

Banton faces up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009.

A Tampa federal court jury last month found Banton guilty of two drug charges and one weapons charge.

It was the singer's second trial. A previous jury deadlocked in September.

Banton's attorney, David Markus, has asked for the singer to be released from custody pending his appeal. Markus also has filed a motion asking the court to acquit Banton or grant him a new trial.

Banton won a Grammy last month for best reggae album for his 2010 work entitled "Before the Dawn."

 

 

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Written by Associated Press

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