Buju Banton Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence

Buju Banton Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence

The reggae star hit with severe punishment for cocaine conspiracy conviction.

Published June 23, 2011

After being convicted in February for conspiring with two men to possess more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton (real name: Mark Myrie) was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. 


According to Reuters, Banton was tripped up by a government informant who helped federal prosecutors prove the international performer was lying in court about his involvement in a drug deal. 


"This is a sad day for Mr. Myrie. This is a sad day for Jamaica," said defense lawyer David Markus. "He's a good man who has done great things in his life." 


Ten years is the minimum sentence for the Grammy Award-winning singer with 12 years, 5 months being the maximum he could serve.

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Written by Brooklyne Gipson


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