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September 21, 2011
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2019 release date for Buju

February 2019 is the date for the release of incarcerated reggae star Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie.

According to the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons website, Banton's release date won't be until February 2019, despite rumours that he would only serve six years when time served and good behaviour were taken into account. A report on www.examiner.com published yesterday, explained that time served had already been included in the calculation of the release date.

"The Bureau's official release date set for February 2019 includes the time the prominent reggae entertainer served in prison prior to and between his two trials within the last year," the website reported.

Examiner.com went on to interview David Rowe, a professor and highly regarded attorney-at-law, who explained that Buju Banton has been given credit for 16 per cent of his time which is called 'federal gain time,'. This means the February 2019 date is the earliest possible release date.

Should he violate the rules, Buju's sentence may be extended.

Buju was sent to prison after being convicted on three drug-related charges in February. The charges came as a result of a December 2009 incident in which he allegedly conspired to organise a drug deal within a police-controlled warehouse.

Examiner.com also reported that Buju's lawyer, David Markus, was not planning to go away any time soon, and would be appealing the ruling.

Buju has yet to officially begin serving his time. According to the prison bureau website, he is listed as in transit as he is expected to be sent to a federal prison in Mississippi.

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