Canadian rapper, Tory Lanez, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
This follows his conviction for shooting hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion in the foot as the two left a Los Angeles party in 2020.
He was convicted of three gun-related offences in December and has been imprisoned since. Megan Thee Stallion needed surgery to remove bullet fragments from her foot after the shooting, which polarized the music industry.
According to the LA District Attorney, George Gascón, the verdict is that Megan’s fame “has brought an important spotlight on the issue of violence against women“.
The hearing began on Monday and concluded on Tuesday, bringing to a close a high-profile case in which Megan, 28, was subjected to what prosecutors described as “repeated and grotesque attacks.”
Prosecutors had asked the judge for a 13-year prison sentence. They said Lanez, 31, deserved a lengthy sentence for shooting a “vulnerable victim” on a quiet residential street, and for waging “a campaign to humiliate and re-traumatise her” after the attack.
Lanez, 31, was found guilty in December by a jury of three felonies: assault with a semi-automatic weapon, transportation of a loaded, unlicensed firearm, and grossly negligent discharge of a firearm.
Lanez addressed in front of the court in an orange jumpsuit before the judge gave his ruling. He apologized for his actions and accepted full responsibility for the 2020 shooting.