A judge has sentenced rapper Tory Lanez to 10 years in prison for shooting hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion and kicking her in the legs, ending a three-year legal and cultural saga that shattered both careers. .
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford handed down the sentence against Lenz, 31, who was found guilty in December of three felony counts: assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and gross negligence not registered. Firing a firearm into a vehicle.
Since the initial incident in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020, over two days of a marathon that would determine the fallout, the case has generated controversy in the hip-hop community, raising topics such as the reluctance of black victims to speak with him. has been provoked. Police, gender politics in hip-hop, toxicity in the internet, safety for black women, and the effects of misogyny, a specific type of misogyny experienced by black women.
Herriford said Lenz’s friends and family found it “difficult to reconcile” the picture they painted during the process of a kind, benevolent and good father of a 6-year-old son with the man who pointed the gun at Megan.
Hereford says, “A veces la gente buena hace cosas malas”. He added, “Las’s actions have consequences, and there is no winner in this case.”
Megan, 28, testified during the trial that Lenz, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, fired a gun at her behind her legs and shouted that the dancer was away from an area he had attended after a party. In the pool at Kylie Jenner’s home. I had to undergo an operation to remove the bullet fragments. It was only months later that he revealed who had fired the weapon.
In a statement read out to the court by the prosecutor on Monday, Megan said, “I have not felt peace for a single day since I was fatally shot by the accused.” “Slowly but surely, I am recovering and coming back, but I will never be the same again.”
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 to that night’s chain of events and change them, I would do so”, Lenz assured. He insisted, “The victim was my friend. The victim is someone who still matters to me.”
And he added: “I take full responsibility for whatever goes wrong tonight”.
Lenz appeared stunned when the sentence was read, but made no audible reaction. After the sentence, his relatives and fans present in the room also remained silent.
The rapist has already completed 10 months of his sentence in jail. “We are extremely disappointed,” says Lenz’s lead attorney, Jose Baez. “I have seen murders and other cases in which death has happened and the accused have been sentenced to less than 10 years,” he lamented.
Baez classified the sentence as “really another example of someone who has been punished for their celebrity status and used to exemplify someone who is.
Lenz’s attorneys plan to appeal the verdict and try to get him freed on bail while serving a second sentence.
Megan, whose legal name is Megan Peet, has been repeatedly praised by prosecutors for her courage in testifying during the case and for enduring online hate campaigns directed against her.
“I hope Miss Pete’s bravery will give hope to those who feel helpless,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said at a press wheel following the sentencing.