LA prosecutors want 'defiant' rapper Tory Lanez to serve 13 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion
- A jury convicted Tory Lanez of assault with a firearm for shooting fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion.
- Prosecutors want to see him spend more than a dozen years behind bars.
Prosecutors believe rapper Tory Lanez should serve 13 years in state prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion — and for repeatedly harassing and threatening her afterward in violation of protection orders, according to a sentencing memo.
Lawyers from the LA County District Attorney's Office made the request this week, accusing Lanez of siccing his millions of followers on Megan Thee Stallion after he shot her and enlisting fellow celebrities to bully her publicly. The memo also accused Lanez of attacking another artist, August Alsina, while he was out on bail and promoting false narratives about the shooting online.
Lanez spent nearly three years "waging a campaign of misinformation to retraumatize the victim," the sentencing memo says.
Last December, a jury found that Lanez fired five rounds at Megan Thee Stallion after an argument following a 2020 party hosted by Kylie Jenner. Lanez, who was born Daystar Peterson, was convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and possession of a concealed, unregistered gun in a vehicle. He faces a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months for the crimes according to the sentencing memo, which was obtained by Insider. He is set to appear at a sentencing hearing in LA County Superior Court on June 13.
The prosecutors argued that to let Lanez off simply with probation would ignore his lack of remorse over the shooting and the fact that he repeatedly violated court orders to stay away from his victim and not discuss the case. For example, Lanez enlisted fellow rapper DaBaby to "rush" the stage at the 2021 Rolling Loud Festival while Megan The Stallion was performing, violating a court order to stay away from the artist and leaving her "incredibly fearful," the memo states.
Lanez also sought to profit off the shooting by releasing an album featuring several songs about the incident, insinuating that Megan The Stallion "spun" the story because she was upset that he'd had an intimate relationship with both her and her close friend.
"To say that the defendant simply failed to obey perfunctory court orders would be a gross understatement," the prosecutors wrote. "The defendant was defiant. His violations bordered on intimidation and harassment of the victim and could have potentially jeopardized the sanctity of the proceedings."
Lanez's lawyer, Christine Benavente, did not respond to a request for comment.
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