Tory Lanez is handed a 10-year sentence for shooting Megan Thee Stallion

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Published Aug 9, 2023 at 01:06 PM

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In a courtroom that was filled with tension and emotion, rapper Tory Lanez was handed a ten-year prison sentence for his involvement in the shooting of fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion. The verdict, which was announced on August 8 2023, marks the end of a lengthy legal saga that has captured the attention of the public since its inception.

Tory Lanez’s defence lawyer, Jose Baez, was quick to respond to the sentencing, characterising it as “incredibly harsh” and “extreme.” Baez alleged that the severity of the sentence was influenced by Lanez’s celebrity status, implying that the rapper was being made an example of. The lawyer also expressed his intent to appeal the decision which would further prolong the legal battle.

Before the sentencing, Lanez addressed the court in an attempt to sway the judge’s decision. The rapper spoke of his desire for a second chance, highlighting his role as a father and his commitment to self-improvement. Lanez acknowledged the gravity of the charges against him and expressed remorse for his actions on the night of the incident. “Please don’t ruin my life, sir,” Lanez stated to the judge.

 

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The shooting, which occurred in June 2022 during the journey home from a pool party hosted by Kylie Jenner. Prosecutors originally advocated for a 13-year jail term, contending that Lanez should face an extended sentence for shooting an “at-risk victim” on a serene residential road. Furthermore, they asserted that he had subsequently engaged in a deliberate effort to demean and further traumatise her, exacerbating the impact of the attack.

Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, stated in court that she and Lanez got into a fight over a prior sexual encounter. The two insulted one another’s professional accomplishments and the argument got more heated.

According to the ‘WAP’ singer, Lanez began firing at the ground and yelling at her to “dance” when she insisted on being allowed out of the car. As reported by the BBC, the shooting left the artist needing surgery to remove bullet fragments from her foot. LA District Attorney, George Gascón, noted after the verdict that her fame: “Has brought an important spotlight on the issue of violence against women.”

Video footage obtained by TMZ depicted Megan Thee Stallion limping away from the scene with a trail of blood, underscoring the seriousness of the situation. Lanez has previously described the rapper as a close friend with whom he shared a bond of both loss and friendship. Both artists had lost their mothers, which, according to Lanez, brought them closer together.

Lanez was officially found guilty of multiple charges, including negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm.

After the sentencing hearing, Tanishia Wright, the director of victim services at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, spoke to BBC reporters and stated: “Violence against Black Women and Girls is a long-standing National Epidemic that has long been overlooked and under-reported.  Most often than not, women of colour don’t come forward to claim victimisation out of a fear of not being believed.”

The verdict was met with strong reactions from Lanez’s family, some of whom vocally protested in the courtroom as the decision was read. Reports suggested that Lanez’s legal team had previously been in contact with immigration officials, exploring the possibility of deportation should the verdict not go in Lanez’s favour. However, as of now, Lanez’s immigration status remains unaffected.

In the end, Lanez’s sentencing marks a significant moment in both his personal life and the broader conversation surrounding celebrity accountability, as well as the need to stand up to protect women who’ve been victims of violence. The case has highlighted the complexities of justice, the power of public opinion, and the nuances of redemption. As Lanez begins his prison sentence, the legal battle might be over, but the cultural impact of this case is likely to endure.

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