LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge has sentenced rapper Tory Lanez to 10 years in prison for shooting and putting hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion on her feet, ending a three-year legal and cultural saga. What I saw were two careers and lives thrown into disarray.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford sentenced Lenz, 31, who was convicted in December of three felonies: assault with a semi-automatic firearm; Possession of a loaded firearm, unregistered vehicle and grossly negligent operating a firearm.
From the initial incident in the Hollywood Hills to a two-day marathon sentencing hearing in July 2020, the case caused a stir in the hip-hop community, raising issues including the refusal of black victims to talk to police, gender policy, and gender equality. In hip-hop, online toxicity, the safety of black women, and the effects of misogyny, a specific type of misogyny experienced by black women.
hereford said it was “hard to adjust” That’s the picture Lenz’s friends and family painted during the hearing of a kind, benevolent and good father of a 6-year-old son with the man who pointed the gun at Megan.
“Sometimes good people do bad things”Hereford says. “Las’s actions have consequences, and there is no winner in this case”.
Megan testified during the trial that Lanez fired a gun at the back of her pie and screamed after she left a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s house when she was out of the truck they were traveling in. He danced. I had to undergo surgery to remove the bullet fragments. He revealed only a few months later who had fired the gun.
“I haven’t felt peace for a single day since the accused shot me mercilessly”, Megan said in a release read in court by Tex L. Lunes. “Slowly but surely, I am recovering and returning, but it will never be the same.”
Lenz asked Herriford for clemency, requesting parole or a minimum prison sentence, just before the judge was to sentence him.
“If I could go back and change the course of that night’s events”, Lo Hariya, Lenz continued. “The victim was my friend. The victim is someone who still matters to me today.”
Audio: “I take full responsibility for whatever goes wrong tonight”.
Lenz looked surprised when the sentence was read, but there was no audible reaction. His family and fans also remained silent in the courtroom after the sentencing.
The rapist was given almost 10 months for his sentence, the longest he has been in prison since his conviction in December.
“We are extremely disappointed,” I say that Lenz’s main lawyer, Jose Baez, is outside the court. “I have seen vehicular homicide and other cases in which death occurs, and the accused is less than 10 years of age”.
Bayes qualified the sentence as “Really another example of someone who is punished for their celebrity status and someone who is used to set an example. This is not an example. You are a human”.
Los Abogados de Lenz plans to appeal the verdict and in doing so attempt to have him released under bond.
Megan, whose legal name is Megan Peet, was repeatedly praised by prosecutors for her courage in testifying during the case and for enduring online hate campaigns directed against her.
“I hope Miss Peet’s courage will give hope to those who feel powerless”, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said of Megan at a press conference after sentencing.
The inspectors had demanded a prison sentence of 13 years. Legally, Lenz was eligible for up to 22.
During the Loons session, Lanez’s priest, Sonstar Peterson, continued to tear up as he talked about how his mother first showed symptoms of the rare blood when rapper Muriyo was 11 years old. the disorder that he had. Will cause death.
“I don’t think anyone can get over this”, I refer to your minor son, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson. “But your music became your outlet”.
Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and has seen a steady rise in popularity, garnering album turns from major labels. Their last reached the top 10 on the Billboard list.
Megan Thee Stallion, now 28, was already a huge rising star at the time of the shooting, and her fame has only grown since then. Won Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021, and Tuvo Sensillos No. 1 “Uncultured”with Beyoncé, and as a guest “WAP” by cardi b
Elder Peterson, a Christian minister, was one of several people who made statements about Lenz’s character and his charitable donations, as well as the mother of Lenz’s son. Dozens of people wrote letters to Herriford, including rapper Iggy Azalea, who asked the judge who set the sentence. “Transformative, not life-destructive”.
Herriford says Lenz’s 6-year-old son also sent a handwritten letter, but the judge didn’t elaborate.
Lenz’s family and supporters filled the courtroom; During the trial, they learned that Megan and the powerful personalities of music had started their process the wrong way. After the verdict was read in December, Padre de Lenz denounced the “perverse system” that led to his son’s conviction; Moon, Sonstar Peterson argues with Hereford for rapture.
During the sentencing hearing, the judge awarded several small victories to each side.
It turned out that Megan, who was wearing only a bathing suit without shoes in a deserted area, was a particularly vulnerable victim when she was shot, but Lenz was not cruel or insensitive enough to be shot.
The judge determined that Lenz was not a threat to public safety and that his lack of a criminal record should be in his favor.
Lenz’s attorneys argued that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to his mother’s death and other childhood hardships. This stress, he said, leads to serious alcohol abuse in adulthood.
But the judge agreed with the inspectors that these mental illnesses should not be considered in sentencing, and in the end, they said what they wanted.
Under California law, Lenz was only allowed parole if the judge encountered unusual circumstances.
The judge found that the case was unusual because of the two famous people involved, adding that this was not a factor.
“You shouldn’t be taken seriously just because you’re a celebrity”, I say hereford, “No one should be treated soft because they are a celebrity”.