Tory Lanez is going to prison!
The rapper was jailed for the infamous 2020 shooting that injured Megan Thee Stallion’s foot after being found guilty of assault in December 2022.
According to new reports, Tory, 31, has been sentenced to ten years in prison on August 8 for the shooting injury he caused his fellow rapper.
Prior to the sentencing, Iggy Azalea requested in a letter on August 7 that the judge’s ruling be “transformative, not life-destroying.”
Tory’s father, Christian minister Sonstar Peterson, issued an emotional statement recalling Tory’s mother, Luella, passing away when the rapper was only 11 years old, and noting that “his music became his outlet.”
Tory spoke during the sentencing, according to legal reporter Meghann Cuniff on Twitter, saying Megan is “someone I still care for dearly to this day.”
Tory’s 6-year-old son Kai also reportedly submitted the judge a handwritten letter, which was mentioned in court but not commented on, according to the Associated Press.
Megan also submitted a victim impact statement presented by Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta on the same day.
“Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace,” Megan said in the emotional statement. “Slowly but surely, I’m healing and coming back, but I will never be the same.”
The sentencing date was pushed back from August 7 to August 8 due to the lengthy comments made in court, as well as lawyers for both parties fighting about the duration and nature of the sentence.
Tory, real name Daystar Shemuel Shua Peterson, was found guilty in December 2022 after being accused of assault the previous October for allegedly shooting the “Savage” rapper in the foot.
He faced up to 24 years in prison and deportation from Canada. In July, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford declined the rapper’s request for a new trial.
The alleged assault occurred at a pool party held by Kylie Jenner in July 2020, and the two allegedly argued before it occurred as she walked away.
Megan has been forthcoming about the impact of the tragedy on her life. “I wish he would’ve just killed me if I knew I’d have to go through this,” she allegedly stated in a statement during the December trial.
“Because I was shot, I’ve been turned into some kind of villain, and he’s the victim. This has messed up my whole life.” Tory has disputed the allegations, which Megan initially showed her injuries in a since-deleted social media post.
“I wish I could have handled this situation privately,” Megan told Elle in May 2023. “That was my intention, but once my attacker made it public, everything changed. By the time I identified my attacker, I was completely drained.
“Many thought I was inexplicably healed because I was still smiling through the pain, still posting on social media, still performing, still dancing, and still releasing music. The truth is that I started falling into a depression.”
She went on to explain how the incident had even harmed her career. “I didn’t feel like making music,” she explained.
“I was in such a low place that I didn’t even know what I wanted to rap about. I wondered if people even cared anymore. There would be times that I’d literally be backstage or in my hotel, crying my eyes out, and then I’d have to pull Megan Pete together and be Megan Thee Stallion.”
In a June 2020 interview, she described her excruciating injuries. “What nobody knows is, I had to get the surgery the same night as the alleged shooting,” she told Rolling Stone, noting that she stayed in California for several days.
“Then I was in New York for a while,” she continued. “Both of my legs wrapped up. I could not walk. I still have bullet fragments in my feet right now. I was very scared that I was not able to be Megan Thee Stallion no more. And I was f***** up.”
Nonetheless, she was relieved when the guilty verdict was delivered shortly before Christmas. “When the guilty verdict came on Dec. 23, 2022, it was more than just vindication for me,” she explained.
“It was a victory for every woman who has ever been shamed, dismissed, and blamed for a violent crime committed against them.”
In a late-May interview, she also guaranteed fans that music would return. “Fans can expect new music when I’m in a better place,” she said. “Right now, I’m focused on healing.”