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BUJU BANTON pleads for shorter sentence

Jamaican musician Mark Myrie, better known as BUJU BANTON, has pleaded for a reduced prison term ahead of his sentencing hearing later this month.

After a trial involving drug conspiracy and firearms charges in Tampa, he was found guilty on 22 February on three of the four charges.

Myrie’s legal team, led by attorney Oscar David Markus, filed the documents asking for the reduced sentence below the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, saying it was "way more than necessary".

The document states:

"The 10-year minimum mandatory sentence for the drug count and the five-year minimum mandatory consecutive sentence for the gun count are unconstitutional in this case because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment and also because it constitutes too severe a penalty for proceeding to trial".

The document also contained letters from Danny Glover, STEPHEN MARLEY, Etan Thomas and several of Myrie’s 15 children asking for the court's leniency.

It contends that his limited participation in the drug offence, his charitable work in Jamaica, and his otherwise clean record entitle the singer to a reduced sentence.

Myrie is scheduled to be sentenced on 23 June in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida. He is also seeking an acquittal and new trial.

The trial aside, BANTON has completed some tracks for a new album co-produced with BLACKER DREAD.

The pair worked together on the “Innocent” track from his Before The Dawn album that was released in September 2010.

His new studio album will be out in 2012 on Gargamel Music.