The sentencing of rapper Tory Lanez, who was convicted of assault and two other charges for shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the feet during a 2020 argument in the Hollywood Hills, has been delayed. The further proceedings have been postponed until Monday, April 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, has remained jailed without bail since minutes after the Dec. 23 verdict. He was convicted of one felony count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle in connection with the shooting early the morning of July 12, 2020. Jurors also found true allegations that he personally used a firearm and inflicted great bodily injury on Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete.
During the trial, Megan Thee Stallion testified that Lanez told her to “dance, bitch,” and shot her in the feet following a get-together at Kylie Jenner’s home. The entertainer said she had no doubt that Lanez fired the shots.
Lanez’s maximum potential sentence is 22 years and eight months in state prison. His sentencing was originally set for April 8, but has been postponed until April 17.
Lanez’s defense attorney, Shawn Holley, had asked the judge to throw out the jury’s verdict, alleging that jurors had improperly communicated with each other during deliberations, but the judge rejected the request.
During cross-examination of Harris, Mgdesyan asked if she was “aware that the defense theory was that you were the shooter.” Harris, who was granted use immunity to testify during the trial, has maintained that she “did not” shoot her former best friend, for whom she was working at the time as a personal assistant.
In a posting in 2021 on Twitter, Lanez wrote, “I have all faith in God to show that … love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart … a charge is not a conviction.”
The courtroom quickly erupted into pandemonium following the jury’s verdict, with Lanez’s father standing and yelling, calling the system “wicked” and the prosecutors “evil” before he was escorted out of court by bailiffs.