TAMPA — Legal wrangling continued this week in the case of reggae star Buju Banton, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison more than a year ago.
The singer's attorneys asked Monday for a new trial, records show, but prosecutors responded with a motion to strike. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion for a new trial was "untimely" and outside the court's mandate.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; using a telephone to help commit a drug offense; and a gun charge because a co-defendant brought a firearm to the 2010 drug deal.
His attorney argued this week that Myrie was entrapped by an informer and the government failed to prove he knew a drug deal had taken place or that one of the participants had a gun.
A judge has yet to rule.