Dancehall artist Tommy Lee Sparta spent last Christmas and the New Year in Jail after being arrested on December 14th on guns and ammunition charges. He was denied bail on two occasions by the judge.
Today the deejay will have to face the music as he is scheduled to appear in court. Just two days after the Spartan Soldier singer was arrested, fellow dancehall entertainer, Laden was sentenced to 4 years in prison on gun and ammunition charges. The same fate could be awaiting Tommy Lee.
Despite what the day could bring, the deejay management team says he is not nervous but is in very good spirit. Nicole Taban, his manager and owner of Boss Lady Muzik says her and her team is there with Lee every step of the way despite not being able to see or speak to him as much as they like.
“I learned from a good friend of mine who is in the business, when you are part of a management team for an artiste, you live and breathe them, and that’s exactly what we do. Without support, none of us can reach our goals, and Tommy Lee is easy to work with so it’s our pleasure. Right now we are just rolling with the punches, Taban said.
In Jamaica, gun charges cases are tried at the gun court where the case is presented in chamber in front of a judge and no jury is involved. So a judge normally renders a verdict right after a case is heard as oppose to waiting for a jury to deliberate.
If Tommy Lee Sparta is found guilty of the gun charges he will join a long list of Jamaican celebrities behind bar. Just last week Mavado’s teenage son was convicted of murder and is awaiting his sentencing. Late last year, fellow dancehall artist Laden was sentenced to four years after being convicted on gun charges. Vybz Kartel and Ninja Man are both serving life sentences on murder charges.
If a dancehall show was kept behind bars today the line-up would probably be better than any line-up a promoter could put together on the outside.