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Sentencing hearing set for singer Buju Banton

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami. On his upcoming album Before the Dawn, Banton crows about standing strong, though battered and bruised, in the face of a gathering darkness. The songs sound prophetic, as the four-time Grammy nominee recorded them before he was arrested on federal cocaine charges last December. The trial is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in Tampa, Fla., a week before the albums U.S. release. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted. (AP Photo/Yesikka Vivancos, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami. On his upcoming album "Before the Dawn," Banton crows about standing strong, though battered and bruised, in the face of a gathering darkness. The songs sound prophetic, as the four-time Grammy nominee recorded them before he was arrested on federal cocaine charges last December. The trial is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in Tampa, Fla., a week before the album's U.S. release. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted. (AP Photo/Yesikka Vivancos, File) (AP Photo)

A sentencing hearing has been set for June 16 for Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton.

Banton faces up to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009.

A Tampa federal court jury last month found Buju Banton guilty of two drug charges and one weapons charge.

It was the singer's second trial. A previous jury deadlocked in September.

Banton's attorney, David Markus, has asked for the singer to be released from custody pending his appeal.

Markus also has filed a motion asking the court to acquit Banton or grant him a new trial.

Banton won a Grammy last month for best reggae album for his 2010 work entitled "Before the Dawn."

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