Buju Banton will be a free man earlier than previously expected. Banton’s 10-year prison sentence has been reduced by two months.
The Jamaican Grammy Award-winning entertainer, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will be released on December 8, 2018, according to The US Federal Bureau of Prison website.
The now 43-year-old was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in Atlanta, Georgia, in February 2019, as the Bureau of Prisons initially indicated.
The reduced sentence comes months after the US Attorney’s Office in Florida announced an agreement in which it says the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.