Prosecutors drop firearms charge against Buju Banton
FLORIDA, United States (AP) — Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a firearms charge against reggae star Buju Banton, who is already serving a 10-year sentence.
The US Attorney's Office announced Thursday that a deal with 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 in January 2019, at which time he will be deported to Jamaica.
Banton's attorneys previously argued that he should be released early under a change in federal drug sentencing guidelines. But the change didn't apply to most minimum mandatory sentences.
Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is currently serving a mandatory 10-year sentence in an American correctional facility. The entertainer has been strident in his fight for his freedom.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that in return for Banton's tossing of appeals, the US Attorney Office is dismissing firearms charge against the reggae singer.
This move, however, is an about-turn from the entertainer's legal team's modus operandi.source: jamaica observer