Rapper Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison over the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. The decision came Tuesday by a Los Angeles judge.
Tory Lanez Sentencing
In December 2020, Tory Lanez was found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot in the summer of 2020. It was reported that the two got into an argument after leaving the home of Kylie Jenner. The argument escalated and the rapper allegedly shot the “Good News” rapper in the foot. He was found guilty of assault with a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, and negligent discharge of a gun for shooting Megan.
Since the incident, Megan Thee Stallion was the subject of a continuous discourse. Her experience became the catalyst for discussions about violence against Black women.
“He not only shot me, he made a mockery of my trauma,” Megan Thee Stallion wrote in a statement that was read in court during Lanez’s sentencing hearing. “This is a statement for all survivors that their lives matter and there is zero tolerance for the torture that accompanies violence.”
Supporters on both sides made their final pleas to the judge. Prosecutors were seeking a 13-year sentence while his attorneys wanted probation or three years in prison. Additionally, they were seeking probation and mandatory rehab due to his history of alcohol abuse that was revealed during the trial.
The maximum sentence for the crimes Lanez was convicted of is 22 years and eight months in prison. However, a recently passed California law may have aided the rapper in receiving a shorter sentence. The law requires courts to impose the middle length of a possible prison term unless there are aggravating circumstances, in a criminal justice reform effort.
Lanez, who is a Canadian citizen, potentially faces deportation from the United States after he serves his sentence.