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Tory Lanez gets 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion

by Michael Nguyen
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Rapper Tory Lanez was handed a 10-year prison sentence by Judge David Herriford of the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday for the shooting of fellow hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion. The 31-year-old musician was found guilty of three felony charges in December, including assault with a semiautomatic weapon, possessing an unregistered, loaded firearm in his car, and discharging a firearm with extreme negligence.

The judgment concludes a highly-publicized trial that ignited a series of debates within the hip-hop culture, touching on various subjects such as the hesitancy of Black victims to communicate with law enforcement, gender dynamics within the hip-hop world, online aggression, safeguarding Black women, and the specific kind of misogyny faced by Black women known as misogynoir.

In the trial, Lanez’s character was a point of contention. Although many portrayed him as a compassionate, philanthropic individual, and a caring father, Judge Herriford struggled to reconcile this image with the person who shot at Megan. The judge commented, “Sometimes good people do bad things,” emphasizing that every action has consequences.

During the sentencing hearing, Megan revealed that Lanez fired at her feet, demanding her to dance, after they left a party at Kylie Jenner’s house in July 2020. The incident left her in need of surgery to remove bullet fragments, and she stated that she hasn’t had a peaceful day since.

Lanez expressed remorse and pleaded for mercy before his sentencing, taking full responsibility for his wrongdoings that night and requesting probation or a minimal jail term. Family and friends, including his father, Sonstar Peterson, and rapper Iggy Azalea, spoke of Lanez’s character and charity work, pleading for a reformative sentence.

The background of Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was also brought into focus, including the death of his mother when he was 11. His career milestones, steady rise in popularity, and personal life were discussed.

Meanwhile, Megan Thee Stallion’s stardom has continued to grow since the incident, with major successes like a Grammy win for best new artist and hit singles like “Savage” and “WAP.”

The trial saw supporters of Lanez argue that his prosecution was unjust, and his father even denounced the system. Following the verdict, Lanez was imprisoned, and his lawyers plan to appeal the conviction.

Judge Herriford denied a motion for a new trial on May 9, made by Lanez’s defense attorneys, who argued for insufficient evidence and improper inclusion of certain evidence. They had sought probation for Lanez and his release into a residential substance abuse program.

Earlier in the day, the judge acknowledged Megan as an exceptionally vulnerable victim, but did not see Lanez’s actions as particularly cruel or cold-hearted. Megan’s scarring, both physical and emotional, was noted by Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott, indicating that she will carry these scars for the rest of her life.

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What was Tory Lanez sentenced for?

Tory Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion. He was convicted of three felony charges, including assault with a semiautomatic weapon, possessing an unregistered, loaded firearm in his car, and discharging a firearm with extreme negligence.

Who presided over the trial?

Judge David Herriford of the Los Angeles Superior Court presided over the trial and handed down the sentence.

How has the trial affected the hip-hop community?

The trial created a cultural firestorm in the hip-hop community, bringing up issues such as the reluctance of Black victims to speak to the police, gender dynamics in hip-hop, online aggression, safeguarding Black women, and misogynoir, a specific type of misogyny experienced by Black women.

What were some of the arguments made in Lanez’s defense?

Lanez’s defense team argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict him, some of the evidence presented to jurors should not have been allowed, and that Lanez should only receive probation. Friends and family, including other artists, spoke about his character and charitable actions.

How has Megan Thee Stallion’s career fared since the shooting?

Megan Thee Stallion’s career has continued to flourish since the shooting. She won a Grammy for best new artist in 2021 and had No. 1 singles like “Savage” and “WAP.”

What did Lanez’s family and supporters argue during the trial?

Lanez’s family and supporters contended that his prosecution was unjust, with some even arguing it was influenced by Megan and powerful figures in music. His father called the system that led to the conviction “wicked.”

Will Lanez’s legal team appeal the conviction?

Yes, Lanez’s legal team has stated that they plan to appeal the conviction, arguing for insufficient evidence and improper inclusion of certain evidence. They had sought probation for Lanez and his release into a residential substance abuse program.

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4 comments

SarahSings August 9, 2023 - 2:06 am

this case really showed some big problems in the industry, like misogyny and how ppl treat black women. hope Megan can heal now…

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MikeJ92 August 9, 2023 - 8:16 am

Cant believe this finally came to an end, 10 years is alot. But actions have consequences, right? Feel bad for both Megan and Tory

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HipHopFanatic August 9, 2023 - 1:18 pm

Tory’s music was on fire, but man what he did was wrong. 10 years seems a bit much tho? Just my opinion.

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Jenny_Love August 9, 2023 - 1:41 pm

Justice served, I guess? its hard to reconcile the person you hear in the music with someone who could do something like this. Praying for everyone involved.

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