In February, Reggae star Buju Banton was found guilty of “conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.” Today he was sentenced to serve 10 years in a federal prison, originally he was expected to receive a 15-year sentence but after U.S. District Judge James S. Moody threw out a gun charge the sentence was reduced. Buju Banton will serve five years of probation following his release.
Despite this terrible news, Buju Banton is in good spirits “Our life and destiny are sometimes pre-destined and no matter where this journey takes me, remember I fought the good fight,” said Banton in a statement. “It was a great man that said ‘my head is bloody but still unbowed.’ I love you all, thank you for your support.”
Buju Banton has enjoyed many years of success as a Reggae superstar and many consider him to be a pioneer of Dancehall. My personal favorite is Driver A, however the content is controversial given his current predicament. Many fans and supporters have taken to Twitter to express their outrage. Others provided their support by writing Judge Moody and asking for leniency on behalf of Buju. No word as to whether or not Banton and his lawyers will appeal the decision. Guess he’ll be gone a little past November. In support of the Reggae star many radio stations are playing his music as a show of solidarity.
Let’s rock out with Buju during happier times: