TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge has denied reggae singer Buju Banton‘s request for a new trial, saying there’s no need because of a previous appeals court ruling.
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In June, the federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld the Jamaican singer’s 2011 conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. The three-judge panel also sided with a Tampa jury’s conviction of Banton on a gun possession charge, which the trial judge tossed at his sentencing.
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The appeals court rules that there was sufficient evidence to convict the singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, on the gun charge.
Banton’s attorney filed a motion in July seeking a new trial. Judge James Moody in Tampa denied that request Tuesday.
Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence. The gun charge carries an additional five-year sentence.