Tory Lanez‘s legal team is aiming to secure their client’s release on probation. They are also requesting placement in a drug treatment program for him, as he faces sentencing next week for shooting Megan Thee Stallion.
According to reporter Meghann Cuniff from Law&Crime, the rapper’s lawyers, Jose Baez and Ed Welbourn, filed a 41-page memo on August 1. They claimed in the memo that Tory Lanez was dealing with alcoholism during the alleged shooting, which they believe should lower his blame.
The memo, which features a psychologist’s report who met with Tory (real name Daystar Peterson) in jail last month, details his challenging childhood. This included exposure to violence, abuse, grief, and neglect, which played a role in his development of an alcohol issue.
The memo points out significant events in Tory’s life, such as the loss of his mother at 11, his time living with his brother’s friends “in an area that was ‘crack infested’ and plagued by violence” after moving between relatives, and his experiences as a teenager, including being stabbed and targeted in a shooting.
Even after entering the music industry, the memo asserts that Tory continued to use alcohol and weed as a way to handle stress and unresolved traumas from his childhood.”
Although they have raised doubts about the evidence that led to Lanez’s conviction on all three charges in December, his attorneys argued that even if the case’s allegations are accepted, his alcohol-related issues played a “significant role in the commission of the offense.”
The memo also points out Tory’s charitable and community contributions, arguing that he poses a low risk for committing violent acts again in the community.
Cuniff provided additional context to the memo, tweeting, “It’s an interesting mix of ‘I’m innocent, but assuming I’m guilty, it’s because my alcoholism is a mental disorder.”
In the filing, Baez and Wilbourn acknowledge that Tory Lanez is likely not qualified for probation due to the jury’s findings. They determined that he used a weapon and caused serious harm to Megan Thee Stallion when he shot her in the feet in 2020.
However, according to California law, there are exceptions for special circumstances. They assert that Lanez’s case falls into this category, where granting him probation would serve the interests of justice.
If Judge David Herriford rejects their probation appeal, Baez and Wilbourn are requesting that their client be given the minimum prison term of three years, which they say aligns with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s policies.
Before this, the prosecution had suggested a 13-year prison term for Tory, claiming he “demonstrated a high level of callousness” and “high degree of indifference for human life” when he allegedly shot Megan.
They also referenced the rapper’s online posts and statements that “re-traumatized his victim” and “empowered his followers.”
Tory Lanez’s sentencing will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 7th, at the criminal courthouse located in downtown Los Angeles.