Grammy award winner Buju Banton was given a sentence of 10 years in prison after being convicted on a charge of conspiracy to possess 11 pounds of cocaine. The reggae singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted in February in Tampa, Florida.
The 37-year old Myrie argued that he was entrapped by a government informant. His music career seemed to be going well at the time, as he won a Grammy for best Reggae album of 2010 the day before his trial began.
The judge gave Banton the minimum sentence he could give him under federal guidelines. The maximum he could have received is 151 months.
“This is a sad day for Mr. Myrie. This is a sad day for Jamaica,” said defense lawyer David Markus. “He’s a good man who has done great things in his life.”