In a dramatic conclusion to a high-profile trial, Canadian rapper Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the shooting and wounding of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion.
The 31-year-old musician, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday where he pleaded with the judge to spare him from jail time.
The shooting incident occurred in 2020 after a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s house and involved Lanez, Megan Thee Stallion, and her assistant Kelsey Harris.
Lanez, wearing orange prison overalls and a black skull cap, listened as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford delivered the sentence.
The judge denied the probation Lanez’s defense had sought, stating that Lanez’s actions had warranted a significant sentence due to the use of a gun and Megan Thee Stallion’s vulnerability.
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Addressing the court in a heartfelt speech, Lanez expressed remorse and pleaded for an alternative to imprisonment.
He acknowledged his mistakes, admitting to immature behavior and regrettable actions. Lanez emphasized his desire to become a better person, a better father, and a positive presence in his community.
The trial and subsequent sentencing have sparked discussions within the hip-hop community and beyond. The case shed light on Lanez’s philanthropic endeavors and the contrast between his public persona and the violent act he was convicted of committing.
Lanez’s defense team argued that his childhood trauma and mental health struggles played a role in the incident, while prosecutors contended that his actions were driven by a bruised ego.
Megan Thee Stallion, a prominent figure in the hip-hop industry, was a key witness in the trial. She recounted the events of the shooting and its impact on her life, while Lanez’s defense team attempted to highlight Lanez’s charitable contributions and positive actions.
The judge’s decision to impose a 10-year prison sentence marked the end of a trial that captivated public attention and sparked debates about accountability, celebrity behavior, and justice.