In a written statement read during Tory Lanez’s sentencing, Megan Thee Stallion revealed that she has suffered daily since Lanez shot her in the feet three years ago. She stated that she has not experienced a single day of peace and that although she is slowly healing, she will never be the same. Megan chose not to appear in person to give her statement because she did not want to be in the same room as Lanez again. She emphasized that her absence should not be interpreted as indifference, and she urged the judge to impose a strict sentence.
The sentencing hearing, which was expected to conclude on Monday, was extended into Tuesday due to arguments from both sides and witness statements. Prosecutors are seeking a 13-year sentence for Lanez, who was convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. Lanez’s defense team, however, is requesting probation and his release into a substance abuse program.
During the trial, Megan testified that Lanez fired the gun at her feet and demanded that she dance as she walked away. Witnesses spoke about Lanez’s charitable activities and his role as a father to his 6-year-old son. Letters were also submitted in support of Lanez, including one from rapper Iggy Azalea, who asked for a sentence that would be transformative rather than life-destroying. The judge revealed that even Lanez’s son had sent a handwritten letter, though its contents were not disclosed.
Various factors will influence the judge’s decision, including Megan’s vulnerability as a victim, Lanez’s lack of remorse, his attempts to intimidate Megan through social media and song lyrics, and the positive statements made about him. Although Herriford acknowledged Lanez’s right to maintain his innocence, he also noted his clear lack of remorse. In her statement, Megan criticized Lanez for blaming the system, the press, and exploiting his childhood trauma.
Lanez’s father expressed his regret for his outburst in court when the verdict was delivered and apologized to the judge for his actions. Lanez began his music career in 2009 and has since gained popularity with mixtapes and major-label albums. Megan Thee Stallion, who was already a rising star at the time of the shooting, has experienced even greater success since then, winning a Grammy for best new artist and achieving hit singles.