Tory Lanez Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail In Shooting Trial Of Megan Thee Stallion

After months of being arrested and remanded, following his December 2022 guilty ruling, Tory Lanez, government name Daystar Peterson, has been convicted to 10 years in jail in the shooting trial of rap star Megan Thee Stallion.

Judge David Herriford handed down the verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom on Aug. 8. Prosecutors were initially looking for 13 years for the Playboy act due to “a lack of remorse for his actions” and perceived attempts to “humiliate and re-traumatize the victim through his actions and his words,” BBC reports.

Lanez‘s attorneys filed a motion just days before the sentencing to get the rapper registered into therapy and probation instead of serving prison time, contending that his alcoholism and other severe mental traumas reduced his “culpability.”

“Assuming the allegations are true, Mr Peterson’s psychological, physical, and childhood trauma was a factor in the commission of the offence. Likewise, the current offence is connected to Mr Peterson’s childhood trauma and mental illness, alcohol-use disorder… Mr Peterson’s alcohol-use disorder, although not amounting to a defence, reduced his culpability.”

Before formally being convicted, Judge Herriford was sent over 70 letters of support for Lanez, including one from Australian Hip-Hop artist Iggy Azalea and another handwritten note from his six-year-old son, according to freelance court reporter Meghann Cuniff.

Azalea reportedly asked the judge to give Lanez a sentence “that is transformational, not life-destroying” while the jail Chaplin praised Tory for beginning a morning prayer session he claims “has lessened the tensions between inmates.”

Cuniff also disclosed that Tory Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, gave a tearful address to the court, apologizing for his outburst upon hearing his son was found guilty.

Lanez was found guilty in December 2022 of three charges, including assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.

© 2023 • Story By Edem Latsu Nukafu

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