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Tory Lanez’s Sentencing Carries Over Into Next Day, Many Pen Letters of Support for Lanez

The first day of sentencing for the “Say It” rapper doesn’t end with an official sentencing, but eventful nonetheless.

Tory Lanez heading into court, Megan Thee Stallion leaving court, Tory Lanez gives son a piggyback ride while heading to court, Iggy Azalea posing for a photo posted to her Instagram
Tory Lanez faces a possible 13 years behind per the request of the prosecution. Good behavior and his current stint behind bars can contribute to a shorter time in jail (Photo Courtesy: Jason Armond, LA Times via Getty Images/Associated Press/@thenewclassic on Instagram/AP Photo, Damian Dovarganes)

Tory Lanez’s sentencing hearing began on Monday, featuring speakers and the reading of letters of support from colleagues and fellow inmates.

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, had many letters of support, with one coming from collaborator Iggy Azalea and two others coming from two fellow inmates. Meghann Cuniff reports that one of the inmates spoke during the hearing as did Peterson’s father, Sonstar Peterson.

In Azalea’s letter, Judge Herriford said the “Black Widow” rapper asked for him to give a sentence “that is transformational, not life destroying.” One of the inmates stated in his letter that Lanez is remorseful for the situation and discussed how he could have prevented the ordeal. Cuniff notes that this is the closest to a confession from Lanez.

During the hearing, Sonstar apologized to Judge Herriford for his outburst during the verdict reading. He said he was emotional and had no intentions of disrespecting the judge.

Lanez’s six-year-old son wasn’t present during the sentencing, but he did write a letter of his own.

As noted before, the sentencing didn’t finish on Monday as there’s more things to speak about. This will be followed by argument and Herriford’s official sentencing.

Cuniff reports that Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, debated on whether she wanted to attend in-person. Pete said her absence should be seen as a perseverance of her mental health as she hasn’t experienced a day of peace since Lanez shot her.

“He lied to anyone that would listen and paid bloggers to disseminate false information about the case on social media,” Pete said about Lanez in a written statement. “He released music videos and songs to damage my character and continue his crusade.”

Judge Herriford notes that Lanez’s action after the shooting — the social media posts and the harassment of Pete — would factor into the sentencing.

The hearing will resume at 10:30 a.m. PST on Tuesday. Prosecutors requested for Lanez to receive a 13-year sentence.


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