Tory Lanez sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion

Tory Lanez sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion

By Alifereti Sakiasi
Thursday 10/08/2023
[Photo: New York Post]

Musician Tory Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for the shooting of fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.

Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, was found guilty in December 2022 of three felonies related to the shooting, which left his fellow artist with an injured foot.

Prosecutors had called for the 30-year-old Canadian rapper to be sentenced to 13 years in prison. Lanez’s defense team had called for probation and a residential drug treatment program that would help the artist deal with alcoholism, which they say he developed to cope with childhood trauma.

Lanez has been held in county jail since his conviction in December.

On Monday, Megan Thee Stallion had testified in court that the shooting had left her devastated. “Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace,” she said in a written statement that was read in court.

“Slowly but surely, I’m healing and coming back. But I will never be the same.”

Jose Baez, Lanez’s attorney, told reporters after court on Monday the rapper maintains his innocence and said his incarceration will be detrimental to the non-profit groups and individuals he supports financially. Baez had called for Lanez to be sentenced to a year-long residential treatment program to deal with alcohol addiction issues.

Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, had given an emotional statement the death of Lanez’s mother, when the rapper was 11. “I don’t think anybody ever gets over that. But his music became his outlet,” Peterson said.

News of the sentence sent shockwaves across Twitter, with the phrase “10 year” trending within minutes of the verdict being announced. It concludes a multi-year, divisive saga that largely played out on social media, in Lanez’s music and on hip-hop blogs.

There remains a contingent of online commenters who say Lanez was railroaded by the justice system and are using the hashtag #FreeToryLanez to express their support for him.

Lanez spoke in court for the first time on Tuesday. He said he still cares for Megan Thee Stallion and that the two bonded over the deaths of their mothers, and used alcohol to numb the pain together, said Meghann Cuniff, a reporter who was in the courtroom.

“I said some very immature things that I shouldn’t have said. I revealed some secrets I shouldn’t have revealed,” Lanez said during his statement in court.

Outside of the courtroom on Tuesday, Jose Baez, Lanez’s attorney said he was “extremely disappointed” in the sentence. “I have seen vehicular homicide and other cases where there’s death and the defendant still gets less than 10 years,” Baez said.

George Gascón, the Los Angeles county district attorney, commended Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, for seeing the trial through to the end, despite intense scrutiny and vitriol.

“Over the past three years, Mr Peterson has engaged in a pattern of conduct that was intended to intimidate Ms Pete and silence her truths from being heard,” Gascón said in a statement. “Women, especially Black women, are afraid to report crimes like assault because they are too often not believed.”

The shooting occurred in July 2020, as the artists, a friend and Lanez’s bodyguard left a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood home.

Source: The Guardian

Parent company of FIJI Water to get into major agriculture development
The Wonderful Company, the parent company of FIJI Water and one of the world’s biggest and most successful agricultural enterprises, has announced p...
6 hours ago
We have to renovate Matanikila House as we have to move the elderly from Ba Mission Hospital – Tabuya
About $341,835 will be spent by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Protection on renovations to move the elderly from Ba Mission Hospital to ...
5 hours ago

Repair works underway on Hibiscus Highway - Ro Filipe
Repair works are currently underway on the Hibiscus Highway from Savusavu towards Natuvu as there were some delays in follow-up ...
5 hours ago

FNPF buys 40% of BSP Life’s shares in Rooster Poultry
The Fiji National Provident Fund has bought 40 percent of BSP Life’s shares in Future Farms Pte Limited, which is trading as Rooster ...
5 hours ago

AG says pending cases in court reduced to 16,941 from 26,162
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Siromi Turaga says under the previous government, the number of pending cases in court was alarmingly high, ...
6 hours ago

Ratu Etonia Seru Rokotuinaceva installed as Tui Levuka after 16 years
Ratu Etonia Seru Rokotuinaceva has been traditionally installed as the Nai Taukei Nabukebuke Na Gone Turaga Bale Na Tui Levuka and has taken over ...
8 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Ministry of Home Affairs Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji
The pervasive threat of illicit drugs has emerged as a pressing concern, rapidly infiltrating and destabilizing our society therefore the Republic of ...
4 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho hearing in dismissal of 2 police officers case
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants the hearing of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police ...
4 days ago

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval
It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime ...
4 days ago