Busy Signal copped a six month prison term during a sentencing hearing in a U.S. courtroom on Friday. However, the Step Out singer will only have to serve two more months in prison as time previously served was taken into consideration.
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 federal 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.
Busy Signal was initially arrested by United Kingdom based law enforcement officials on the suspicion that he was using false documents. Busy, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon had been going under the name, Reanno Gordon.
Busy Signal was then deported to Jamaica, where members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team took him into custody. A few days later, Busy waived his rights to challenge the United States Government’s extradition request during a court appearance in Kingston and was subsequently extradited to the North American country nearly a month late, accompanied by U.S. Marshals.
Once Busy Signal’s prison term has been completed, he will be given a 45-day window to leave the United States or else drug charges, which still exist from his 2002 case, could be slapped on him. Currently, the United States government doesn’t have the authority to prosecute Busy Signal, given that the extradition request for the entertainer pertained to absconding bail only.