Thursday, May 14, 2015

Prosecutors drop firearms charge against reggae star Buju Banton, currently serving 10-years

Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a firearms charge against Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who is already serving a 10-year sentence.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday that a deal with Buju Banton calls for his waiver of all future appeals related to his 2011 conviction on a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge.

Banton is scheduled to be released from federal prison January 2019, at which time he will be deported to his native Jamaica.

Banton's attorneys previously argued that he should be released early under a charge in federal drug sentencing guidelines. But the charge didn't apply to most minimum mandatory sentences.

Buju's 10-year sentence is the minimum mandatory sentence for his conviction stemming from a 2009 arrest following a sting operation.

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