Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, was convicted of three felonies related to the incident outside a Los Angeles party thrown by Kylie Jenner in July 2020.
In the incident, Lanez is believed to have shot at the ground close to the feet of Megan Thee Stallion – real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete – causing her injuries.
He was officially found guilty of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a firearm with gross negligence in December 2022.
During the two-day sentencing hearing in Los Angeles, Judge David Herriford listened to both the defence and prosecutions arguements for the length of sentencing Lanez should be given.
“Sometimes good people do bad things,” Herriford said. “Actions have consequences, and there are no winners in this case.”
The judge said he found it ‘hard to reconcile’ the charitable person that was being presented by dozens of letters and supporters, and the man that shot Megan.
Megan testified in the main trial that she had got out of the SUV after an argument, at which point Lanez had ‘shot at her feet to make her dance’.
She ultimately needed an operation to remove shrapnel from the bullets from her feet.
In one last testimony before the ruling, Lanez himself asked for leniency.
He said: “If I could turn back the series of events that night and change them.
“The victim was my friend. The victim is someone I still care for to this day.
“Everything I did wrong that night, I take full responsibility for.”
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Judge Herriford told the court before his ruling: “Sometimes good people do bad things. Actions have consequences, and there are no winners in this case.”
Prosecutors had asked for a 13-year sentence for Lanez, while the defense fought for a lighter sentence of probation and a residential drug treatment program.
They said the program will help Lanez deal with alcoholism, which he developed to cope with childhood trauma.
They also plan to appeal the conviction, with Lanez continuing to protest his innocence.
In Lanez’s defense, a letter from his six-year-old son, testimonials to his charity work and acknowledgement of his childhood trauma have all been put to the court.
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Fancy rapper Iggy Azalea was also among those who wrote a testimonial for him, saying that his sentence should be ‘transformational, not life-destroying’.
His father, Christian minister Sonstar Peterson, also appeared in court to plead for leniency for his son, saying he was traumatized after the death of his mother when he was just 11.
However, those from the prosecution brought up a series of denials from Lanez in the wake of the incident, including what they referred to as a “campaign of misinformation” in an attempt to discredit Megan’s claims in the public eye and intimidate her.
Megan was not present in court when the sentencing was made, with the District Attorney reading out a statement in her place.
The WAP singer said: “Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace.
“Slowly but surely, I’m healing and coming back, but I will never be the same.”
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