Megan Thee Stallion describes her daily suffering after the shooting of Tory Lanez during the rapper’s sentencing


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Megan Thee Stallion said she’s suffered daily since rapper Tory Lanez shot her in the feet three years ago in a written statement read during Lanez’s sentencing, which will last through Tuesday.

“Since I was brutally shot by the defendant, I have not had a single day of peace,” Megan said in a statement read by Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Kathy Ta. “Slowly but surely I’m recovering and coming back, but I’ll never be the same.”

The hip hop star who testified during the processsaid she had struggled about making the statement in person, but said she “just couldn’t bring myself to be in the room with Tory again.”

She urged that her absence should not be taken as a sign of indifference and urged Judge David Herriford to hand down a harsh sentence.

The judge was expected to sentence Lanez Monday at a hearing that can often last only a few hours, but Herriford had attorneys from both sides discuss every factor in his possible conviction and allowed seven witnesses to testify about Lanez’s charitable donations to make purposes. his childhood trauma and status as the father of a 6-year-old son.

Prosecutors ask a judge to do it impose a 13-year prison sentence to 31-year-old Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson. Lanez was convicted of three crimes: Assault with a semi-automatic firearm, having a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and grossly negligent firing of a firearm.

Lawyers for Lanez said in a sentencing memo that he should only receive a suspended sentence and be released from prison to participate in a residential drug abuse program. They plan to appeal his conviction.

Megan testified During the trial, Lanez claimed she fired the gun at the backs of her feet and yelled for her to dance as she walked away from an SUV they were driving in the summer of 2020. The couple had left a party at Kylie Jenner’s Hollywood Hills home.

Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, a Christian minister, choked back tears in court on Monday as he told the judge that just days after showing the first symptoms of a rare blood disorder that would lead to her death, his wife Luella was diagnosed with an illness Lanez died, died was 11.

“I don’t think anyone will ever get over it,” he said of their youngest child, Lanez. “But his music became his outlet.”

Other witnesses said Lanez had been donating to charity almost continuously before he found fame and money through music in 2017.

His son’s mother, Raina Cassagne, called him “the most supportive dad, the funniest dad.”

Dozens more wrote letters to Herriford, including rapper Iggy Azalea, who urged the judge to return a sentence that was “commutative, not life-destroying.”

The judge said Lanez’s son, who is six years old, also sent a handwritten letter but Herriford did not describe it.

A Los Angeles County jail minister appeared in court and said Lanez led daily prayer groups, which eased tensions at the protective custody unit where he is being held.

Herriford passed verdicts in favor of both sides on Monday and left little indication of which verdict he will impose.

He noted that Megan was a particularly vulnerable victim when she was shot, but that Lanez didn’t shoot her particularly cruelly or callously — legal factors that could influence his decision.

Herriford said he considers Lanez’s charitable donations and the testimonies of him to be a support to his family and community.

But the judge also said he would consider Lanez’s attempts to intimidate Megan through social media posts and song lyrics, casting doubt on whether she was shot in the first place, as prosecutors put it.

Herriford said Lanez also had an apparent lack of remorse, but said he won’t let that be a factor because the rapper has the right to plead innocent.

Megan cited the lack of remorse in her statement, saying Lanez “has been blaming the system and the press and lately trying to take advantage of his childhood trauma.”

Sonstar Peterson also got emotional as he expressed regret at having stood up in court after the jury returned with its verdict, denouncing the “evil system” that led to his son’s conviction. The deputies then pushed him out of the courtroom.

“I want to personally apologize to you,” he told the judge Monday. “It was an overwhelming time.”

Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009, enjoying a steady rise in popularity and releasing albums on major labels. Megan Thee Stallion, now 28, was already a huge rising star at the time of the shooting and her notoriety has skyrocketed since. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2021 and hit #1 singles with “Savage.” Beyonceand as a guest Cardi B on “WAP”.

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