Today, June 8, 2023, the court handed down a decision regarding Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s criminal proceedings. And Tory Lanez has been sentenced to ten years for his involvement with the shooting of Megan Pete, otherwise known as Megan “Thee Stallion.”
Look Back at Tory Lanez vs. Megan Thee Stallion
Today concludes a public drama dating back to 2020, with Megan Thee Stallion being shot in the feet after a party. On the night in question, Meg was shot outside of Kylie Jenner’s residence.
Meg Thee Stallion did not name Lanez as the assailant initially. However, she later came forward on social media.
Lie one more time and ima quit sparing you
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) August 21, 2020
Megan cited her fear of the police as a rationale for the information delay.
The explanation reads as this, “I’m scared. All this shit going on with the police…The police is shooting motherfuckers for anything. The police were literally killing Black people for no motherfucking reason.”
The Long Road to Justice
What followed was a period Megan Thee Stallion would define as “hell.” Over the last three years, the artist has found herself in a defensive posture, enduring re-victimization. Finally, last year Meg came forward detailing her battles as she was waiting for justice to render.
For Megan Thee Stallion, it seemed justice could not come swiftly enough as she sat under intense scrutiny, including repeated character assassination in the court of public opinion.
The Course of Justice
Initially, Lanez entered a plea of not guilty. However, the evidence bore greater weight, leading a jury to find him guilty of three felony charges. After initial proceedings, Lanez faced a sentence of up to 22 years and eight months maximum for the crime. Lanez also faced the possibility of deportation.
However, the prosecution sought 13 years. And Lanez’s legal team sought a shorter sentence and made attempts to make a case for probation. The basis of their argument is that “Lanez has alcohol abuse disorder, anxiety, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) because of the death of his mother when he was eleven.”
However, this argument didn’t bear out. According to NBC News, Lanez’s legal defense even made attempts to sway the judgment by presenting the artist’s charitable works and his” family life.” But justice won out.
Lanez Receives Sentence
Reportedly before sentencing, Lanez made his address to the court. Part of that address was an apology. Lanez reportedly said, “If I could change it, I would, but I can’t. Everything I did that night. I take full responsibility. I truly am just trying to be a better person.”
And with that, the court issued Tory Lanez a ten-year sentence.
Justice Prevails for Megan Thee Stallion
Today’s sentencing signifies the end of a pressing drama, one that assuredly Megan Thee Stallion is happy to have behind her. The greater lesson here for us all is that no matter who you are, you can’t escape the reach of justice. So with that, hopefully, both parties can find the healing they need.
Written by Renae Richardson