A verdict has been made Tory Lanez‘shooting trial in which the jury eventually found him guilty on all three charges against him, and the rapper was re-arrested on Friday.
He faces a maximum sentence of more than 22 years in prison and deportation back to Canada after being found guilty. His sentencing date is scheduled for January 27th.
Megan’s attorney, Alex Spire, released a statement shortly after Friday’s verdict, saying:
“The jury got it right. I am grateful that there is justice for Meg.”
Lanez faces up to 22 years in prison and deportation to Canada
A jury in Los Angeles found Lanez, 30, guilty of negligently discharging a firearm, assaulting with a semi-automatic firearm and carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
Meghann Cuniff, a reporter who was on site during the trial, tweeted The courtroom immediately turned into an emotional scene with family members screaming loudly as the verdict was read.
“A crazy and downright frightening scene in the courtroom as Lanez’s father and stepmother cried out at wicked injustice.”
The shadow room was outside the Los Angeles courthouse as the verdict was read and captured video of Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, calling prosecutors “evil.”
The verdict came around 6:15 p.m. Friday, after the jury the previous day called for “a better definition of the word ‘willful’ and ‘intentional’.” The jury agreed to wait until today for a written response from the court, after which it took several hours to deliberate in favor of a guilty verdict.
The news comes after a more than week-long trial full of scathing testimony from the victim. Megan Thee Stallionalong with other witnesses on the night of the shooting.
Last week, Meg, whose real name is Megan Pete, emotionally testified that Tory Lanez offered her $1 million to keep quiet about the alleged shooting during this week’s attack trial, even revealing that the traumatic incident left her Have caused suicidal thoughts, per reports.
Witness threw a wrench at Lanez’s defense with scathing testimony against the rapper on Tuesday
On Tuesday, a man named Sean Kelly was called to the witness stand on behalf of Lanez’s attorneys and threw a wrench at the rapper’s defense.
According to Rolling Stone, Kelly was in his bedroom around 4 a.m. on July 12, 2020. He looked out his window and reportedly saw four people fighting and yelling at each other. Kelly called the confrontation “pretty violent.”
Lanez’s defense team decided to use Kelly as a witness after he spoke to an investigator in 2021. He recalled seeing the first muzzle flash near a woman’s hand that morning.
It allegedly happened during a physical altercation between Megan Thee Stallion and Kelsey Harris as she stood near an open door of the Cadillac Escalade the group was driving in. Kelly firmly believes one of the women fired the first shot, although he doesn’t recall seeing a gun.
The defense team initially hoped that Kelly’s recollections of what happened would raise reasonable doubts in the jury.
Lanez decides not to testify at his own trial
Lanez himself eventually decided not to testify at his trial, telling presiding judge Herriford that it was his decision not to do so. Herriford then read the jury’s instructions before the closing arguments began at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
This is an evolving story, so be sure to check back with The Shade Room for updates as they come.