Buju Sentenced to 10 Years

Reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty in a Florida Court of conspiracy, drug trafficking and a gun charge all related to a cocaine deal with a DEA informant.

Buju Banton was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Moody to the minimum sentence allowed and threw out the gun charge because of insufficient evidence. Banton's attorney David Markus has requested that the Grammy-winning singer serve out his time in a prison near Miami in order to be close to his family. He also said he would appeal and vowed he would fight on as long as Banton wanted him to.

Banton was busted by an informant working for the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2009. The singer told the informant he could broker cocaine, though he later testified that he was just boasting. Nevertheless, video and audio recordings convinced the jury that he was guilty.


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