Reggae Singer Buju Banton Asks For Reduced Prison Term
Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:58:16
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The Associated Press reports that Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton is asking for a shorter prison sentence.
The Grammy winner was convicted in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida in 2009. Banton faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison at his sentencing hearing June 23rd in Tampa federal court.
Banton is embarking on a bit of a pre-emptive strike and a bid for less jail time. His lawyer is arguing that a 15-year-sentence is "way more than necessary" in Banton's case, citing Banton's limited participation in the drug buy, his charitable work in Jamaica and his otherwise clean record entitle the singer to a reduced sentence. All good points.
Letters of support for Banton have been offered by actor Danny Glover, reggae singer Stephen Marley and Atlanta Hawks basketball player Etan Thomas.
Do you think Buju Banton has made a decent case for a sentencing reduction? Or are you not convinced that he deserves leniency?