Tory Lanez sentencing delayed again as rapper’s lawyers push for new trial

Tory Lanez’s sentencing was postponed again on Monday, after the rapper’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial.

Lanez was convicted in December of shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the feet after leaving a party in 2020. Lanez, who was born Daystar Peterson, has remained in jail since his conviction.

He appeared in Los Angeles court on Monday morning with his attorneys. According to ABC News, the hip-hop star’s legal team told the judge in the case that they plan to file a supplement to his motion for a new trial, which is one of the reasons the sentencing was repeatedly delayed.

The lawyers filed the original motion last month, saying “the court erred on numerous points of law”. They urge the judge to overturn the rapper’s guilty verdict, which prosecutors oppose.

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Lanez was first scheduled to be sentenced on January 27. The date was then moved to February 28, before being postponed to April 10, then to April 17. Another hearing is scheduled for May 8.

The delays came after the rapper replaced his original attorney, George Mgdesyan, with defense attorney Jose Baez in January. Baez secured Casey Anthony’s acquittal during his 2011 trial for the murder of his young daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Lanez was convicted on December 23 of assault with a semi-automatic firearm; grossly negligently discharging a firearm; and transporting a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle; as well as the special allegation of use of a firearm to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The Canadian singer’s former lawyer claimed during the trial that Megan Thee Stallion’s former best friend and personal assistant Kelsey Harris shot the Houston rapper. Both Kelsey and Megan denied the claim during court testimony.

Lanez faces up to 22 years and eight months in state prison and deportation.

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