Convicted Jamaican-born, Buju Banton, is set to be sentenced this June after being found guilty on drug charges last month, News Americas has learnt.
Banton, born Mark Anthony Myrie is set to be sentenced on Thursday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. in a Tampa court by Judge James S. Moody Jr.
The 37-year-old Grammy-winning singer remains jailed following his conviction on February 22nd of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. One charge of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine was dropped.
Meanwhile, the prosecution wants the defense motion for a new trial and an acquittal to be denied, since they argue the claim is “without merit.”
Banton’s tenth studio album Before The Dawn received a Grammy Award for best reggae album on February 13.
Jamaican-born attorney, David Rowe, appearing on WWRL 1600’s ‘Caribbean Corner’ recently, argued that Banton should have taken a plea deal early on in his arrest since the current conviction could land him in jail on 30 years to life.