Tory Lanez Denied Motion for New Trial After Conviction in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting

Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion (Credit: YouTube)

Tory Lanez returned to a Los Angeles courtroom to find out if he’d be granted a new trial after his conviction for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.

The Canadian rapper learned Tuesday, the answer was “no.”

“The court finds no error, prosecutorial misconduct or newly discovered evidence,” Los Angeles Judge David Herriford ruled, according to City News Service.

“Motion denied,” the judge added.

The hearing lasted two days. On Monday, Lanez pleaded with the judge to grant him a new trial and not send him to prison for up to two decades.

“Please don’t rule on my life. I could be your son. I could be your brother,” Lanez said to the judge, who is Black.

The 30-year-old rap star is now scheduled to be sentenced on June 13.

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The rapper was found guilty on Dec. 23, 2022, of assault with a semiautomatic firearm; discharging a firearm with gross negligence; and carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle; along with the special allegation of using a firearm to inflict great bodily injury.

Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, is facing up to 22 years and eight months in state prison and deportation.

He was scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27. The date was then moved to Feb. 28, before being shifted to April 10, then April 17, and May 8.

The delays came after Lanez replaced his trial attorney George Mgdesyan with famed defense lawyer Jose Baez in January. Baez won an acquittal for Casey Anthony in her 2011 trial for killing her young daughter, Caylee Anthony.

The “It Doesn’t Matter” rapper’s new legal team filed a motion for a new trial in March, saying “the court erred on numerous questions of law.”

The motion claimed jurors were “erroneously allowed” to view a September 2020 Instagram comment attributed to Lanez about the case. The motion blamed the rapper’s content creator for writing the comment on a post from The Shade Room.

The new defense team also claimed prosecutors misrepresented DNA evidence in court, depriving Lanez of “a fair trial.”

The March filing stated, “The only acceptable remedy for this miscarriage of justice is a new trial.”

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With the motion denied, Baez is now waiting to find out how much time his client will spend in prison.

Lanez was arrested after Megan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pete, was shot in the feet after leaving a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s house in the Hollywood Hills on July 12, 2020.

Lanez’s original attorney claimed during the trial that Megan’s former friend Kelsey Harris fired the shots — which Kelsey and Megan both denied in court testimony. The defense claimed Kelsey was upset because Lanez had been sleeping with both women.

Prosecutors said a drunken Lanez got into an SUV with Megan and Kelsey. After a dispute broke out and Megan exited the vehicle, he told her “dance b–ch,” before opening fire on her feet.

The judge in the case recently lifted a gag order — which allowed Lanez to write an open letter on Instagram directed to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón on Instagram.

“Today I take a stance as an innocent Black man, wrongfully convicted of a crime I did not commit,” Lanez wrote in the post. “I’ve watched two district attorneys from your office by the names of Kathy Ta and Alex Bott unlawfully misuse their authority to hide and suppress any and all exculpatory evidence that exonerates me, or furthers my innocence. I was completely robbed and deprived of a fair trial.”

In a follow-up post, Lanez asked his followers to pray for the judge to return him “to freedom.”