Rap artist Daystar "Tory Lanez" was found guilty in three charges related to Grammy Award-winning artist Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete. (Photos courtesy of Facebook)

By AFRO Staff

The future of Daystar Peterson, known worldwide by the rap moniker “Tory Lanez,” was decided by a jury in just seven hours, according to information released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The guilty verdict was handed down after the jury heard evidence of Peterson’s involvement in the shooting of the Grammy-award winning artist Megan Pete, better known as “Megan thee Stallion.”

Peterson will be sentenced on Jan 27., after being found guilty on three charges: one count of assault with an automatic firearm, one count of carrying an unregistered loaded firearm in a vehicle and one count of discharge of a firearm with gross negligence.

The two rappers split the hip hop community in two after a July 12, 2020 altercation that left Pete bleeding on a Los Angeles sidewalk with bullet fragments in her foot at 4:30 in the morning. For the past two and a half years Pete has faced constant harassment and accusations regarding her narrative of what occurred on the night of the incident. 

“I want to start by highlighting the bravery of Megan Pete. You showed incredible courage and vulnerability with your testimony despite repeated and grotesque attacks that you did not deserve. You faced unjust and despicable scrutiny that no woman should ever face and you have been an inspiration to others across LA County and the nation,” District Attorney Gascón said in a statement released after the verdict. “Women, especially Black women, are afraid to report crimes like assault and sexual violence because they are too often not believed. This trial, for the second time this month, highlighted the numerous ways that our society must do better for women.” 

If he receives the maximum sentence, Peterson could spend as many as 22 years and eight months in prison for shooting the female rap star.

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