Buju Banton the Internationally acclaimed Reggae artiste, wants no part of his his upcoming sentencing hearing.
Buju faces a sentencing hearing on October 30 in a Florida courtroom in relation to federal drug and gun charges stemming from his initial 2009 arrest. Buju had appealed to overturn his original conviction and subsequent 10-year sentence on drug charges earlier this summer but was denied. As a result, a previous gun charge was eeinstated which was tossed out during his trial in February 2011. This may result in Buju serving an extra five years in prison.
Subsequent to a request for a new trial fell through, Buju Banton could be facing even more harsh sentencing. Now,Buju’s Lawyer Ihmotep Alkebu-lan intimated that his client formally requesting that he be absent from the hearing.
Buju Banton will have to face an upcoming court ruling before he’ll know whether or not he won’t have to attend the sentencing hearing.
Buju recently changed lawyers after dropping long-time attorney, David Oscar Markus in favor of Chokwe Lumumba, a civil rights activist who formerly represented late, great rap legend, Tupac Shakur.