Torey Lanez sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Meg Thee Stallion

Torey Lanez sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Meg Thee Stallion
Tory Lanez, the man guilty of shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion in 2020, was sentenced to ten years in jail on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

A Los Angeles jury convicted Lanez guilty of three felonies relating to the July 2020 shooting of fellow rapper Stallion in the Hollywood Hills in December of last year, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney at the time.

According to prosecutors, Lanez had pled not guilty to assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded unlicensed firearm in a vehicle, and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence.

The jury found him guilty on all three counts.

Stallion accused Lanez of shooting her in the foot after she fled the vehicle in which they were riding after an argument.

LA County District Attorney George Gascón revealed how Lanez tried to "silence" Stallion after she accused him of shooting her in 2020 at a press conference following the sentencing on Tuesday.

"Over the past three years, [Lanez] has engaged in a pattern of conduct that was intended to intimidate [Stallion], silence her, and keep her from defending and bringing her truth out," Gascón said.

"Despite the physical violence, verbal attacks, and attempts at public humiliation, [Stallion] remained strong and shared the events of that fateful night with the jury and the world," the district attorney said.

Stallion's popularity has "brought a spotlight on the important issue of violence against women," according to Gascón.

"Many people in our community face acts of violence every day from people close to them and are hesitant to speak up when this happens." "I hope [Stallion's] bravery inspires those who feel helpless," he said.

Gascón also read aloud a section of Stallion's statement in court on Monday.

"Every day, I think of others around the world who have been victims of violence and are still alive." It is definitely the most powerless sensation, especially when you doubt the judicial system's ability to protect you. Fortunately, the district attorney's office was on my side. I'm grateful to them and the jury for paying close attention to the evidence and siding with the truth. But if it can happen to me, consider what it must be like for people who lack the resources and support structures to assist them," Stallion added, according to the district attorney.

Jose Baez, Lanez's attorney, also appeared at the press conference, calling his client's punishment "incredibly harsh."

"A ten-year sentence is excessive and yet another example of someone being punished for their celebrity status and someone being used to send a message." And he's not an example; he's a person," Baez explained.

Lanez is "incredibly sad and down" about the sentencing, just like any other person, according to Baez.

Lanez can be released on bond awaiting appeal, thus they expect to file an application for bail in the case since they intend to appeal, he said.

In an essay for Elle in April, the "Savage" singer addressed the case.

"As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor, because I have truly survived the unimaginable," she wrote at the time.

She described not only surviving being shot by a friend she thought she could trust, but also overcoming the "public humiliation of having my name and reputation dragged through the mud by that individual for the entire world to see," referring to the social media-driven smear campaign that began shortly after the shooting, portraying Stallion as a liar.

"It never crossed my mind that people wouldn't believe me," she said, adding that she "knew the truth and the indisputable facts would prevail."
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