Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the July 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford handed down the sentence to the 31-year-old Canadian rapper/singer, whose real name is Daystar Peterson.
Tory was convicted on December 23, 2020, on three felony charges: assault with a semiautomatic firearm; having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence for shooting Megan (whose real name is Megan Pete) in the foot during an argument after a pool party in the Hollywood Hills.
Tory Lanez was facing up to 22 years behind bars, but the prosecution recommended a 13-year sentence citing his lack of remorse, his inability to comply with pre-trial release, and his campaign of misinformation and harassment against Megan.
The “Jerry Sprunger” rapper’s attorneys asked the court to consider probation while acknowledging he is legally presumed ineligible for probation.
Iggy Azalea, who was romantically linked to Tory in the past, wrote a letter on his behalf asking the judge to make his sentence, “transformational, but not life-destroying.”
Since his conviction, Tory Lanez has tried everything to avoid the lengthy jail sentence he is facing.
He has changed attorneys, made a public plea to the district attorney, and he’s filed a motion for a new trial.
In his motion for a new trial, Tory’s attorney argued in court that Judge David Herriford made numerous errors during the two-week trial that resulted in a guilty verdict.
They called the case a “miscarriage of justice.”
In a motion filed in March by Tory’s attorneys, Jose Baez and Matthew Barhoma, they said Judge Herriford should not have allowed jurors to see an Instagram post that appeared to undermine Tory’s central defense that Kelsey Harris, Megan’s former friend, actually pulled the trigger.
On May 9 (Tuesday) in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Herriford sided with prosecutors and denied Tory Lanez’s motion for a new trial.
Before he was sentenced, Tory Lanez addressed the court saying he wanted a chance and has a son that needs him.
He asked the judge to allow him the opportunity to prove himself, and understood just how serious the charges were.
“If I could turn back the series of events that night and change them,” I would, Lanez continued.
“The victim was my friend. The victim is someone I still care for to this day.”
He added, “Everything I did wrong that night, I take full responsibility for.”
Stay tuned…I’ll be back later with Twitter reactions to Tory Lanez’s sentencing.