Convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton wants to be released early from a 10-year U.S. prison term under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.
The singer is appealing his 2011 conviction on a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge. He is scheduled for release in 2019.
The Tampa Tribune reports that Banton filed a motion asking to be released early under the change that reduces sentencing guidelines for most drug offenses and can be applied retroactively.
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However, the change won't apply to most minimum mandatory sentences. Banton's 10-year sentence is the minimum mandatory sentence for his conviction stemming from a 2009 arrest following a sting operation.
Banton wants the court to reduce his sentence and release him to U.S. immigration authorities so that he can be deported to Jamaica.