Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, has reportedly appealed to the courts to “be released and deported to Jamaica”.
According to The Tampa Tribune, Buju, who is scheduled for a 2019 release, filed a motion asking to be released early under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines, which the US Sentencing Commission decided would be applied retroactively to inmates.
In his motion, Banton argues he should be sentenced to 92 months in prison under the new guidelines. He says he’s been “working in prison since his incarceration” and has displayed “very good conduct’’ behind bars, according to the publication.
Buju was convicted in February 2011 after being arrested in 2010 following a sting at a warehouse in Sarasota Florida.
The federal probation office in the Middle District of Florida has identified 1,748 inmates, originally sentenced in Tampa on drug charges, as potentially eligible to benefit from the change, known as Drugs Minus 2, because it reduces sentencing guidelines for most drug offenses by two levels.
Those defendants will not be eligible for release until November 1, 2015. It is left to be seen whether Buju – famous for songs such as Untold Story, Till I’m Laid To Rest, Browning and Driver – will be successful in his latest attempt at freedom.