On Tuesday, August 8th, Law & Crime reporter Meghann Cuniff provided real-time updates from the courtroom, officially confirming the fate of the Toronto artist.
“Just in: Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion,” she wrote. “Tory spoke for several minutes. He said he still cares about Megan. He called her ‘someone I still care for dearly to this day’ regardless of what she may think of him. He said ‘the victim’s my friend.’ He talked about bonding with her over the loss of their mothers.”
She continued: “‘We both lost our mothers. We would sit there and drink, and drink until we got numb,’ Tory Lanez said of Megan Thee Stallion. About the shooting: ‘I said some very immature things that I shouldn’t have said. I revealed some secrets I shouldn’t have revealed,’ Lanez said.”
The prosecution was seeking a 13-year sentence, while Tory’s legal team requested a shorter term of three years, their request for probation and enrollment into a residential substance abuse program are denied.
The sentencing took place over two days in a Los Angeles court. On Monday (August 7), District Attorney Kathy Ta read a written statement from Megan Thee Stallion.
In the statement, Megan criticized Tory for creating false narratives about the shooting, which left her with bullet fragments in both feet. She also criticized him for downplaying her “trauma” in his music and mentioned that she has “not experienced a single day of peace” since the shooting occurred.
“He not only shot me, he made a mockery of my trauma,” Megan wrote, per Cuniff. “He tried to position himself as a victim and set out to destroy my character and my soul.
“He lied to anyone that would listen and paid bloggers to disseminate false information about the case on social media. He released music videos and songs to damage my character and continue his crusade.”
She also criticized him for blaming the incident on his childhood trauma and alcoholism. His legal team had used these reasons to try to get him probation and enrollment in a drug treatment program instead of going to prison.
“At first, he tried to deny the shooting ever happened. Then, he attempted to place the blame on my former best friend,” she continued. “In his tantrum of lies, he’s blamed the system, blamed the press and, as of late, he’s using his childhood trauma to shield himself and avoid culpability.”
Megan also pointed out Lanez’s lack of remorse and said she wants his sentence to be a message to every woman who has suffered violence.
“For once, the defendant must be forced to face the full consequences of his heinous actions and face justice,” she wrote.
On Monday, Herriford said that he believes Lanez’s actions after the shooting, including his social media posts and his harassment of Megan are a major aggravating factor in his sentence.