Grammy Winner Buju Banton Faces 15 Years

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Too many talented music artists like Buju Banton throw away their music careers on behalf of drugs. According to the Associated Press, this Jamaican reggae vocalist “was convicted in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida in 2009.” If Banton is not able to sing his way out of trouble, he will have the same audience for nothing less than 15 years — fellow prison inmates.

David Markus, Banton’s attorney, filed court documents on Thursday claiming that sentencing his client to 15 years would be “way more than necessary.” His defense is that Banton had minimal participation in the drug scheme. He also mentions that his client does charity work in Jamaica and that his legal record has been immaculate thus far. For additional support for Banton’s case, Markus also procured positive letters on Banton’s behalf from actor Danny Glover, singer Stephen Marley, and basketball player Etan Thomas.

Banton will hear his fate at a Tampa federal court hearing  set for June 23. In the mean time, he is trying to get an acquittal and a new trial.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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