Tory Lanez is scheduled to get a sentence next month for his alleged triggerman involvement in the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion in July 2020; prosecutors are asking the judge to be harsh.
Deputy District Attorneys Kathy Ta and Alex Bott filed a motion on Tuesday (May 23) calling for Lanez to receive a hefty prison sentence for his alleged crime, according to Law&Crime reporter Meghann Cuniff.
In the document, they claim the Canadian rapper “demonstrated a high level of callousness” when he allegedly fired five shots at Megan Thee Stallion’s feet “without any justifiable provocation or reason,” and should therefore be punished accordingly.
“[Megan] was dressed in only a bikini, shoeless and on foot in a neighborhood completely foreign to her,” the filing reads. “It was late at night. She was unarmed and completely defenseless. [Lanez] posed a significant danger to everyone (witnesses and neighbors) in the vicinity of this shooting.”
It continued: “The brazenness of Defendant’s conduct is alarming but the conscious disregard for the well-being and safety of all those around him signifies a high degree of indifference for human life.”
The motion didn’t suggest a specific number of years in prison but a longer memorandum that will be submitted by June 6 is anticipated to do so.
Judge David Herriford will have the legal authority to sentence Tory to a longer period of time than the maximum allowed by law, which is 22 years and 8 months in jail, if he rules in favor of the prosecution on this issue.
However, according to state law, in order for a judge to consider “aggravating factors” during sentencing and impose a term that is greater than the middle range, a jury must decide that they are true.
Since being convicted guilty of first-degree assault with a firearm on December 23 during a well-publicized two-week trial in Los Angeles, Lanez (real name Daystar Peterson) has been locked up without bond.
The 30-year-old will find out his fate when he returns to court and ultimately sentenced at a June 13 hearing. Judge Herriford rejected Tory’s request for a new trial earlier this month after hearing the arguments from his lawyers Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez.
They argued that George Mgdesyan, Lanez’s former defense attorney, was “ineffective counsel,” and that the rapper’s DNA was never found on the gun, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to convince the judge.