News: Jailed Rapper Busy Signal's Freedom Denied, Must Remain Behind Bars
Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 3:45PM
Incarcerated reggae rapper Busy Signal must remain behind bars a little while longer after getting sentenced to six months in jail Friday (September 21) afternoon.
Despite the six-month sentence, Signal is expected to come home in roughly 60 days for time already served.
REGGAE singer 'Busy Signal', who was yesterday sentenced in a United States court to six months' imprisonment, should be back in Jamaica by November. The artiste, who was sentenced in the state of Minnesota, will only serve two months of that sentence because he has already served four months in a lock-up, which is considered time served. Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, was sentenced on a charge of failure to show up for trial, following his guilty plea in July. (Jamaica Observer)
Although he must remain behind bars, Busy's attorney expressed their joy over the sentence.
United States-based attorney William Mauzy says Jamaican entertainer Busy Signal was "very happy" with the six-month jail sentence handed to him in the state of Minnesota yesterday. "Given all the circumstances, he is very excited that the exit from jail is in sight and that he will be returning to Jamaica ," said Mauzy, who represented the entertainer, whose real name is Glendale Gordon. According to Mauzy, Busy Signal relayed his feelings during a brief conversation they had after the sentence was announced. (Jamaica-Gleaner)
Signal's manager also broke the good news over his Twitter page.
A tweet emerged from Busy Signal's official Twitter account, currently run by his manager, Shane Brown . The tweet read, "Busy will be out November. Tell the world!" The internationally-acclaimed entertainer has spent time in a Minnesota penitentiary since June after being extradited to the United States on a charge of absconding bail. The charge stemmed from a 2002 incident in which Busy allegedly skipped a court appearance and subsequently fled the U.S. while facing drug charges in Minnesota. (Examiner)
His drug-related crimes date back over a decade to winter 2002.
The 33-year-old singer was in February 2002 slapped with two counts of cocaine-related charges, in the US, which carry a sentence of at least 15 years in prison. He, however, fled the US before his trial was to begin that year, causing a warrant to be issued for his arrest. The plea comes exactly a month after the artiste was extradited to the United States when he decided against challenging his extradition in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. He was detained by authorities in London last May and accused of travelling with false documents, including a passport that listed a different name. He returned to Kingston where he was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport. (Jamaica Observer)
Check out Busy Signal's "One More Dub" below: