Rapper Tory Lanez was given a ten-year prison term on Tuesday for shooting Megan Thee Stallion and causing her injuries.
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Judge David Herriford of the Los Angeles Superior Court handed down the sentence to 31-year-old Lanez who had been convicted of three felonies in December: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and grossly negligent discharge of a firearm.
Herriford noted the difficulty in connecting the act of firing a gun at Megan with the positive traits that many others attributed to Lanez, such as kindness, generosity, and being a wonderful parent. He said that sometimes even the best of intentions can lead to disastrous decisions. Herriford underlined that there were no winners in the case and that actions had consequences.
Megan said during the trial that after a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills home in July 2020, Lanez shot at the backs of her feet and demanded that she dance as she walked away from an SUV they were in. She had surgery after the incident to have the gunshot pieces removed.
Lanez asked Herriford for leniency just before the judge read down his sentence. Lanez argued that his preferable results would be probation or a brief period of imprisonment.
Lanez said, “If I could turn back the series of events that night and change them. The victim was my friend. The victim is someone I still care for to this day. Everything I did wrong that night, I take full responsibility for.”
Multiple people gave statements in support of Lanez to the court. The mother of Lanez’s young boy also testified in court, praising him for being a good father. Iggy Azalea, a musician, was among many others who wrote letters to Herriford expressing their desire for a sentence that would be “transformative rather than life-ruining.”