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Rapper Tory Lanez transferred to state prison for 10-year sentence

Rapper Tory Lanez has started his 10-year sentence at North Kern State Prison in Delano, California

Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez, who was accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the feet three years ago, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and has been moved to North Kern State jail in Delano, California, where he will begin serving the remainder of his term. 

Judge David Herriford of the Los Angeles County Superior Court handed down the sentence on August 8, seven months after Lanez was convicted on three counts at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Lanez has 60 days after his punishment to file an appeal notice.

In addition to accusations that he personally used a firearm and caused serious bodily damage, a jury found Lanez guilty of assault with a semiautomatic pistol, shooting a firearm with gross negligence, and keeping a loaded, unregistered handgun in a moving vehicle on December 23.

Seven months later, Lanez's request for a new trial was rejected by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Herriford following a change in Lanez's legal counsel. The judge eventually gave Lanez's legal team a continuance and moved the sentencing date to August 7 so that Lanez's attorneys would have more time to prepare. Lanez's sentencing was initially scheduled for June 13.

Since bringing her accusations against Lanez to light in August 2020, Megan, 28, has been caught in the center of a tempest. In October 2020, Lanez was accused of having a concealed, unregistered firearm in a vehicle and committing felony assault with a semiautomatic weapon.

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, pleaded not guilty to the allegations, saying previously that "the truth will come out." After another violation of Lanez's bond, in which he allegedly assaulted singer August Alsina, he was forbidden from speaking publicly about the matter and placed under house arrest. The rapper from Canada may receive a term as long as 22 years and 8 months in jail if found guilty.

Since Megan came out, the issue has received attention on social media and has even been referenced in songs by rappers who are not engaged in the conflict. On the album's first track, "Money Over Fallouts," which was released in 2020, more than two months after the meeting, Lanez refuted Megan's accusations, claiming that Megan and her team were trying to frame him.

Megan, on the other hand, has called out inaccurate reporting, dealt with Lanez apparently faking emails from her label for the press, and endured extreme victim-blaming as a result of the shooting. Lanez received a 305-day credit for time served while being sentenced to ten years in jail. 

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