Tory Lanez, a Canadian rapper, was sentenced to ten years in prison after being found guilty on all three felony counts for shooting Grammy-winning musician Megan Thee Stallion three years ago.
According to NBC News, Judge David Herriford was scheduled to sentence Lanez on Monday at a hearing that usually lasts only a few hours, but Herriford had attorneys for both sides argue each factor of his potential sentence, allowing seven witnesses to give statements on Lanez's charitable contributions, childhood trauma, and being a father to his 6-year-old son.
According to The Associated Press, before the outset of Monday's proceedings, Lanez had received over 70 letters of support, including one from Fancy artist Iggy Azalea urging Judge Herriford for mercy "that was transformative, not life-destroying" while assessing his sentence.
"I am not in support of throwing away anyone's life if we can give reasonable punishments that are rehabilitative instead. I support prison reform. Period," she later wrote on Twitter.
On December 23, 2022, the Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a unanimous verdict convicting the 31-year-old Luv singer of assaulting Megan (real name Megan Pete), 28, with a semi-automatic firearm, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharged a firearm with gross negligence after a nine-day trial.
"The jury got it right," her attorney Alex Spiro told People magazine in 2022. "I'm thankful there is justice for Meg."
The accusations were the result of an argument that took place on July 12, 2020, after Lanez, Megan, and her ex-assistant and friend Kelsey Harris left a pool party at Kylie Jenner's house in Los Angeles. They were being driven around by Jaquan Smith in a Cadillac Escalade when a fight broke out inside the car and spilled onto a Hollywood Hills sidewalk.