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TAMPA (CBSMIami/AP) — A recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines has prompted convicted Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton to ask for early release from his 10-year prison sentence.

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The singer is appealing his 2011 conviction on a cocaine distribution conspiracy charge. He is scheduled for release in 2019.

Banton filed a motion asking to be released early under the change that reduces sentencing guidelines for most drug offenses and can be applied retroactively.

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However, the change won’t apply to most minimum mandatory sentences. Banton’s 10-year sentence is the minimum mandatory sentence for his conviction stemming from a 2009 arrest following a sting operation.

Banton wants the court to reduce his sentence and release him to U.S. immigration authorities so that he can be deported to Jamaica.

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