Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Ninjaman Gets Life: Desmond John Ballentine (born January 20, 1966 in Annotto Bay), better known as Ninjaman, and sometimes as Don Gorgon is a popular Jamaican dancehall deejay and actor, known for his controversial and pro-gun lyrics and his stuttering and melodramatic style.
For over twenty years, Desmond “Ninjaman” Ballentine has stood out as one of the most candid, colorful, and controversial of all of Jamaica’s Dancehall deejays, with the skill, performance, and lifestyle to earn the apt title “The Don Gorgon” or most respected of the Dancehall fraternity.
In 1997, Ninjaman re-invented himself as a born-again Christian under the name Brother Desmond, and enjoyed a brief stint as a Gospel Dancehall performer, before returning to his ragga Dancehall roots.
Ninjaman Gets Life: Well, today in light of the 2009 murder of Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson, in which he was charged and awaiting sentencing, he has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. He is to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole and was given 20 years at hard labour for shooting with intent. The DJ gave the thumbs up after the sentence was handed down.
His co-accused, son Jahneil, and Dennis Clayton, were also handed life sentences, with 15 years before being eligible for parole.
The sentences were handed down a short while ago in the Home Circuit Court by Judge Martin Gayle.