- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - A sentencing hearing has been set for June 16 for Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton.

Banton faces up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009.

A Tampa federal court jury last month found Banton guilty of two drug charges and one weapons charge.

It was the singer’s second trial. A previous jury deadlocked in September.

Banton’s attorney, David Markus, has asked for the singer to be released from custody pending his appeal. Markus also has filed a motion asking the court to acquit Banton or grant him a new trial.

Banton won a Grammy last month for best reggae album for his 2010 work entitled “Before the Dawn.”

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide