Tory Lanez Found Guilty in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Case

He faces more than 20 years in prison

BY Allie GregoryPublished Dec 23, 2022

Tory Lanez has been found guilty on all three counts against him in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting case, including assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a firearm "in a grossly negligent manner which could result in injury or death to a person."

He faces more than 20 years in prison and possible deportation from the US back to his home in Canada. Sentencing will be delivered on January 27, according to TMZ.

After two weeks of trial, the Los Angeles jury began deliberations one day before handing down the verdict, concluding after seven hours of discussion, after which the rapper born Daystar Peterson was handcuffed and reportedly showed no emotion.

His father, who attended the trial with Peterson's family, reportedly stood up after the verdict and shouted, "God will judge you," to the court. He was removed from the courtroom by deputies. 

"The jury got it right," said Alex Spiro, Megan Thee Stallion's lawyer, "I am thankful there is justice for Meg." 

Earlier this year, the rapper born Megan Pete sat down to recount the July 2020 altercation with Gale King, starting with details of an argument that began inside a car after leaving a house party in the Hollywood Hills.

"I get out of the car and it's like everything happens so fast. And all I hear is this man screaming. And he said, 'Dance, bitch.' And he started shooting. And I'm just like, 'Oh, my God,'" she recalled. The rapper went on to explain that Lanez shot at her "a couple of times," while "standing up over the window" of the car. Pete was left with bullet fragments in her feet that had to be removed in surgery. 

Pete's then-best friend Kelsey Harris was also present at the time of the shooting, and Lanez's attorneys argued that she shot Pete out of jealousy upon learning that Pete and Lanez had an intimate relationship.

Harris had previously given a statement to police that implicated Lanes in the shooting, but backtracked on the stand. Neither Harris nor Lanez's DNA could be linked to the gun, though an eye witness testified that while he believes one of "the girls" fired the first shot, he witness a "smaller gentleman" — believed to be Tory — fire four or five subsequent shots at Pete, Rolling Stone reports. 

Lanez had been on house arrest since October 26, and was released as jury selection began in early December. 

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