A judge in the United States has ruled that Glendale Gordon better known as reggae/dancehall artiste – Busy Signal, will only serve two months of a six-month sentence, as he has been incarcerated for four months on a 10-year-old charge of failure to show up for trial.
The 33-year-old Busy Signal, who was sentenced on Friday, should be back in Jamaica by November. The artiste will only serve two months because his four months of awaiting trial will be considered time served.
Shane Brown, Busy Signal’s manager, was in the Minnesota courtroom three days ago when the entertainer heard his fate.
Brown said the judge was impressed by the transformation in Busy Signal’s life in the last decade.
“He was very happy with the type of artiste he is. The judge had the lyrics to Nah go Jail Again in front of him and liked the fact that Busy was part of school programmes in Jamaica,” Brown said.
He said it ended a stressful period for the artiste whose best known song is Nah go Jail Again.
“The uncertainty has been the hardest part of the situation. There was a lot of anxiety going to court Friday,” Brown added.
In February 2002, Busy Signal was hit with two cocaine-related charges, in Minnesota. He faced a 15-year prison sentence but fled the US before his trial that year. He was detained by immigration officials in London in May 2012, accused of traveling on false documents and was arrested when he arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, hours later. Busy Signal was extradited to the US in June after deciding against challenging an extradition order, where he pleaded not guilty in July to one count of failure to appear in court.
While overjoyed that Busy Signal will be back in Jamaica by November, Brown admits his reputation will take some repairing.
“Going forward we have to somehow find a way to explain to the different immigration authorities what kind of a person really is.”