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Buju Banton asks judge to reconsider drug sentence

The Associated Press, Sunday, October 28, 2012, 5:23am (PDT)
  • TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Buju Banton's new attorney has asked a federal judge in Tampa to reconsider the 10-year prison sentence the Jamaican reggae singer is serving on two drug charges.

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    Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is set to appear Tuesday in Tampa federal court for a re-sentencing on a gun possession charge. That charge carries an additional five-year prison sentence.

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    The motion filed last week includes a letter to U.S. District Judge James Moody from Banton's former attorney, David O. Markus.

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    Markus represented Banton in the singer's two trials in Tampa in 2010 and 2011. He says Banton is eligible for a reduced sentence of five years and a day because he's a first-time, non-violent offender with "the support of his entire country" and a history of charitable works.

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