Tory Lanez expected to be sentenced for shooting, wounding Megan Thee Stallion

Rapper Tory Lanez faces the possibility of a substantial prison sentence following his anticipated sentencing on Monday, stemming from felony convictions related to the shooting and injury of hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are urging the judge to impose a 13-year prison term on the 31-year-old rapper, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson.

In a sentencing memorandum, it was highlighted that, in addition to the charges he was found guilty of, Lanez aggravated the trauma experienced by Megan through his social media posts about the case. These posts encouraged numerous individuals from his extensive follower base, exceeding 2 million, to target her with attacks.

Megan might make an appearance in court on Monday to deliver a victim impact statement, or one could be read on her behalf in her absence.

Lanez’s attorneys, in their own sentencing memo, argue that he should be granted probation and released from jail to participate in a residential substance abuse program.

According to them, the evidence leading to his conviction was “questionable at best,” and his lack of remorse should not be considered in his sentencing. The memo suggests that if the allegations were true, factors like alcohol abuse and childhood trauma should be taken into account.

Lanez has been in custody since a Los Angeles jury found him guilty of three felonies in December: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and reckless discharge of a firearm.

During the trial, the announcement of the verdict turned chaotic when Lanez’s father protested in the courtroom, denouncing the conviction of his son. He was removed by deputies, while other supporters of Lanez voiced their objections to the trial’s fairness. The sentencing is planned to occur on a higher security floor than where the trial was held.

Megan testified that Lanez had fired a gun at her feet and told her to dance as she walked away from an SUV they were in after leaving a party at Kylie Jenner’s home in summer 2020.

Judge David Herriford, who will preside over Lanez’s sentencing, denied a motion for a new trial put forth by Lanez’s defense attorneys.

Lanez’s lawyers contended that an Instagram post from his account was improperly used as evidence. They argued that Megan’s claim that Lanez dissuaded her from involving the police due to his parole status was both false and improperly allowed as evidence of prior bad behavior. Additionally, they criticized the DNA evidence used by prosecutors, stating that it didn’t meet industry standards to establish Lanez as the likely shooter

Lanez’s legal team intends to appeal the conviction.

Lanez, who began releasing mixtapes in 2009, saw a gradual rise in fame with major-label albums. On the other hand, Megan Thee Stallion, currently 28, was already a significant rising star at the time of the shooting. Her prominence has only grown since, as she won a Grammy for best new artist in 2021 and achieved No. 1 hits with tracks like “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, and her guest appearance with Cardi B on “WAP.”

The allegations and subsequent charges against Lanez triggered misinformation and online hostility directed at Megan, sparking conversations about misogynoir — a specific type of misogyny experienced by Black women.

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