Tory Lanez, the Canadian rapper convicted of shooting US artist Megan Thee Stallion in the feet during a drunken dispute after a Hollywood party, was sentenced to ten years in jail on Tuesday.
After hearing how Lanez had commanded the hip-hop star to “Dance, bitch” as he shot at her several times while she stood on the road, a Los Angeles judge handed down the sentence.
Lanez was sentenced in December after being convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, and carrying a loaded, unlicensed firearm in a vehicle.
Prosecutors had requested a 13-year sentence, claiming Lanez had caused physical and emotional scarring to the “WAP” performer
Lanez’s attorney had requested for probation or three years in prison, as well as obligatory rehab, including treatment for alcoholism.
Judge David Herriford said in a lengthy sentence hearing that began Monday that he had received more than 70 letters on Lanez’s behalf, including from celebrity pals.
One came from singer Iggy Azalea, who asked for a sentence that was “transformational, not life-destroying.”
Another came from Lanez’s young son.
But the judge ordered Lanez — who has been in jail since his conviction — to serve a decade behind bars.
He said the prosecution had proven two aggravating factors, involving the use of weapon and a particularly vulnerable victim, but had not proven that the crime involved a high degree of cruelty, viciousness or callousness.
Megan Thee Stallion — whose real name is Megan Pete — had been in a car with Lanez, his bodyguard and her friend Kelsey Harris after a party at Kylie Jenner’s luxury home in July 2020.
She and Lanez — whose real name is Daystar Peterson — had developed an intimate relationship in the months before the incident.
Harris, who only learned of the sexual relationship that night, had a “crush” on Lanez, she told the court, and an argument then erupted in the car, with Megan Thee Stallion demanding to be let out of the vehicle.
The “Savage” rapper said she saw Lanez pointing a gun at her and opening fire “after he said, ‘Dance, bitch.’”
Megan Thee Stallion told the court during the trial she felt she had “been turned into some kind of villain,” in the wake of the shooting, with the male-dominated rap world frequently seeming to be against her.
In a statement read in court Monday, she said she had not experienced “a single day of peace” since she was shot in July 2020.
“He not only shot me. He made a mockery of my trauma,” she said.