Canadian rapper and singer Tory Lanez has officially been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in 2020. A Los Angeles federal judge ruled on July 8th after a short delay in sentencing.
The highly publicised case has been ongoing since July 2020 when, following a disagreement with Megan Thee Stallion after a Hollywood Hills party, the musician shot her in the foot. The Houston emcee decided to press charges against the rapper, and ever since, the two have been testifying in courtrooms.
Following an investigation by LA County police, the artist (real name Daystar Peterson) was found guilty in December last year of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
Following the incident, the ‘Savage’ artist (real name Megan Pete) required surgery to remove bullet fragments from her foot, and the celebrity pair began exchanging words via social media.
Peterson was released on bail several times. However, after a series of breaches and a criminal indictment in December, the rapper remained behind bars. Throughout the case, LA District Attorney George Gascón pushed for a minimum sentence of 13 years. However, the ‘LUV’ act will only serve 10.
After Lanez’s sentencing, the Director of Victim Services at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Tanishia Wright, spoke out, condemning the Toronto native as someone who contributes to the abuse of black women, professing, Violence against black women and girls is a long-standing national epidemic that has long been overlooked and under-reported. Women of colour, more times than not, do not come forward to report victimisation due to the fear they will not be believed.”
Tory Lanez has been detained and will remain in a high-security until 2033, it is unclear whether he has been afforded the possibility of probation.