The Jamaica native was given the lowest sentence possible for his crimes, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
“The days that lie ahead are filled with despair, but I have courage and grace and I’m hopeful, and that is sufficient to carry me through,” he said in the statement. “The man is not dead. Don’t call him a ghost.”
Prior to being found guilty in February, Banton scored a controversial win at the Grammys for Best Reggae Album for Before the Dawn.