Tory Lanez faces up to 22 years in prison for shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion. But Lanez will have to wait at least another week to find out how long he will spend behind bars after Monday’s sentencing hearing was postponed.
A Los Angeles jury convicted Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, in December.
The judge handling the case initially set the hip-hop star’s sentence for January. Since then, it has been postponed several times.
The rapper’s Feb. 28 sentencing has been postponed until April 10, so his new legal team can review trial transcripts and plan their next moves. In late March, Lanez’s new attorney, Jose Baez, filed a motion alleging there were numerous issues with the case and that the rapper had not had a fair trial. Today’s hearing has been postponed after the rapper’s legal team raised new issues.
A new court date is scheduled for Monday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m., according to City News Service.
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Lanez’s arrest came after Megan Thee Stallion, née Megan Pete, was shot in the feet as they left a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s house in Hollywood Hills on July 12, 2020.
Prosecutors said a dispute arose when Megan got into an SUV with her former friend and assistant, Kelsey Harris, and Lanez.
According to the prosecution, Megan demanded to be let out of the vehicle. As she walked away, Lanez, drunk and angry, shouted, “Dance, b—h!” before opening fire.
Then-defense attorney George Mgdesyan countered throughout the trial that Harris was “the one who shot her friend”, saying the two women were love rivals because they had all the two slept with Lanez.
The jury found Lanez guilty on December 23 of one count each 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 rapper remains imprisoned pending sentencing. He faces up to 22 years and eight months in state prison and deportation.
Following his conviction, Lanez replaced his original attorney.
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