Tory Lanez sentenced for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot - how long he will serve in prison
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Rapper Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting and wounding US rapper Megan Thee Stallion. The 31-year-old, real name Daystar Peterson, was convicted of three felonies in December, and was denied a new trial in May 2023.
Lanez was handed the sentence at a court in Los Angeles on Tuesday (August 8), after a lengthy hearing that lasted almost two days. Before being handed his sentence, Tory Lanez addressed the court and said that he still considered himself and Megan Thee Stallion “friends”.
“That night was a night that everyone was drunk… I said some very immature things,” he said.
“If I could turn back the series of events… I would, but I can’t. But to think that I am some sort of callous individual is not the case. The victim was my friend… (and) she still is to this day. I did wrong that night and I take full responsibility and culpability for it.”
Megan Thee Stallion said she suffered daily after being shot by Tory Lanez. The triple Grammy award-winning artist revealed she will “never be the same” in a statement ahead of Lanez’s sentencing.
The Canadian rapper was due to be sentenced on August 7, however the hearing was been to Tuesday (8 August). In December 2022, Lanez was convicted of shooting Stallion in both feet as she walked away from an SUV which they were both riding in on the way home from a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills home in summer 2020.
What was he found guilty of?
The 31-year-old Canadian rapper was found guilty on 23 December, 2022. His convictions included: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
How much time will Tory Lanez get?
Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting and wounding US rapper Megan Thee Stallion. According to PA, prosecutors were asking for a 13-year sentence for his crimes. However, his lawyers said in a sentencing memo that he should get probation and be released from jail to enter a residential substance abuse programme and plan to appeal his conviction.
The court heard from witnesses including Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, a Christian minister, who choked back tears as he spoke about his wife, Luella who died a few days after showing symptoms of a blood disorder when Lanez was 11- years- old.
The mother of Lanez’s son also gave a statement, whilst letters were written to the judge, including one by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea who asked for a “transformative, not life-destroying” sentence.
What did Iggy Azalea say in her letter?
Reported by PA, it was revealed that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea had written a letter for Lanez asking for a “transformative, not life-destroying” sentence. Replying underneath a tweet, sharing an article from Pop Base the artist said “I don’t “support” anyone”.
Her reply reads: “For the record: 1. I have not been in touch with tory for months, I have no reason to be, but I do wish him well. 2. I don’t “support” anyone. the whole thing is full of oddities. My letter never mentioned anything in regard to what happened that night. 3. I was told this was for a judge only, yet it’s being discussed in public? I never intended to publicly comment. 4. Iam not in support of throwing away ANY ones life if we can give reasonable punishments that are rehabilitative instead. I support prison reform. Period. 5. I was asked to write about my genuine experience and the type of punishment I think he deserves: I did. It’s not really that interesting but I understand why it’s being sensationalized. . . See ya next week to discuss pizza toppings I suppose. Lol”.
What has Megan Thee Stallion said?
The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, shared in a statement that she has suffered daily since she was shot three years ago. During the trial she testified that she was shot in the feet by Lanez, whilst she walked away from an SUV which they were both riding in on the way home from a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills home in summer 2020.
Read by Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Kathy Ta, Stallion stated she “would never be the same” after the attack. She continued: “Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace.” She added: “Slowly but surely, I’m healing and coming back, but I will never be the same.”
Her statement, reported by PA also touched on Lanez’s lack of remorse, with Stallion saying, he “has blamed the system, blamed the press, and as of late has tried to take advantage of his childhood trauma”.
Megan Thee Stallion was not present in court on Monday explaining that she “simply could not bring myself to be in a room with Tory again”.