Megan Thee Stallion stated she has suffered every day since rapper Tory Lanez shot her within the toes three years in the past in a written assertion learn throughout Lanez’s sentencing, which can stretch into Tuesday.
“Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace,” Megan stated in an announcement learn by Los Angeles County Deputy District Lawyer Kathy Ta. “Slowly but surely, I’m healing and coming back, but I will never be the same.”
The hip-hop star, who testified in the course of the trial, stated she struggled with whether or not she would seem to present the assertion in particular person, however stated she “simply could not bring myself to be in a room with Tory again.”
She requested that her absence not be taken as an indication of indifference, and urged Decide David Herriford to situation a stiff sentence.
The decide had been anticipated to condemn Lanez Monday at a listening to that usually can take solely a few hours, however Herriford had attorneys for the 2 sides argue every issue of his potential sentence, and allowed seven witnesses to present statements on Lanez’s charitable giving, his childhood trauma, and his standing as father of a 6-year-old son.
Prosecutors are asking a decide handy down a 13-year sentence to the 31-year-old Lanez, whose authorized identify is Daystar Peterson. Lanez was convicted of three felonies: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a automobile and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
Legal professionals for Lanez stated in a sentencing memo that he ought to get solely probation and be launched from jail to enter a residential substance abuse program. They plan to enchantment his conviction.
Megan testified in the course of the trial that Lanez had fired the gun in the back of her toes and shouted for her to bounce as she walked away from an SUV wherein they’d been driving in summer time 2020. The pair had left a celebration at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills dwelling.
Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, a Christian minister, choked again tears in court docket Monday as he instructed the decide about his spouse, Luella, dying just some days after displaying the primary signs of a uncommon blood dysfunction that might result in her loss of life when Lanez was 11.
“I don’t think anybody ever gets over that,” he stated of their youngest baby, Lanez. “But his music became his outlet.”
Different witnesses talked about Lanez practically fixed charitable giving even earlier than fame and cash from music got here to him in 2017.
The mom of his son, Raina Cassagne, known as him “the most supportive father, the funnest father.”
Dozens extra wrote letters to Herriford, together with rapper Iggy Azalea, who requested the decide handy down a sentence that was “transformative, not life-destroying.”
The decide stated Lanez’s son, who’s 6 years previous, additionally despatched in a handwritten letter, however Herriford didn’t describe it additional.
A chaplain from Los Angeles County jail appeared in court docket and stated that Lanez has led every day prayer teams which have eased tensions within the protecting custody unit the place he’s being held.
Herriford made findings in favor of every facet Monday, leaving little indication of what sentence he’ll give.
He discovered that Megan was an particularly weak sufferer when she was shot, however that Lanez was not particularly merciless or callous in firing at her, authorized components that might affect his determination.
Herriford stated that he’ll contemplate Lanez’s charitable giving and glowing statements made about him as a pillar of his household and neighborhood.
However the decide additionally stated he would contemplate what prosecutors known as makes an attempt by Lanez, by social media posts and in tune lyrics, to intimidate Megan and to forged doubt on whether or not she was shot in any respect.
Herriford stated Lanez additionally had a transparent lack of regret, however stated he gained’t enable that to be an element as a result of the rapper has a proper to keep up his innocence.
Megan, in her assertion, cited the absence of regret, saying Lanez “has blamed the system, blamed the press, and as of late has tried to take advantage of his childhood trauma.”
Sonstar Peterson additionally grew emotional when he expressed his remorse for rising in court docket after jurors returned with their verdict and denouncing the “wicked system” that led to his son’s conviction. Deputies wrestled him from the courtroom on the time.
“I want to personally apologize to you,” he instructed the decide Monday. “It was an overwhelming time.”
Lanez started releasing mixtapes in 2009 and noticed a gradual rise in reputation, transferring on to major-label albums. Megan Thee Stallion, now 28, was already a serious rising star on the time of the capturing, and her prominence has surged since. She gained a Grammy for greatest new artist in 2021, and has had No. 1 singles with “Savage,” that includes Beyoncé, and as a visitor with Cardi B on “WAP.”