Canadian rapper, Daystar Peterson better known as Tory Lanez request for a new trial has been rejected by a judge in Los Angeles, following his conviction for shooting Megan in the foot at a Hollywood Hills party in 2020.
Peterson begged Judge David Herriford not to “ruin [his] life” by denying the motion, adding: “I could be your son, your brother.
He was originally scheduled to be sentenced on 28th February, however, it was pushed back so that his attorneys could file for a new trial.
“In the end, the jury believed the prosecution’s case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Herriford said Tuesday, per legal affairs journalist Meghann Cuniff.
Peterson’s lawyers then filed a radical motion to disqualify Judge Herriford from the case, telling him they didn’t think he could issue his ruling until the motion was resolved. Herriford disagreed.
Peterson faces more than 20 years in prison after a Los Angeles jury convicted him of assault and weapons charges in December 2022.
A sentencing date has not yet been given, however, Herriford reportedly indicated that it could happen within 30 days of his ruling.
Megan Thee Stallion real name Megan Pete told the Los Angeles court that Peterson had shot a handgun towards the back of her feet and told her to “dance b****” after she got out of his SUV and walked away from it. The pair had allegedly been arguing about their music careers.
She required surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet and said that Peterson offered her $1m (£830,000) to stay quiet about the incident as he was on probation.
However, Peterson’s lawyer claimed that the shots had actually been fired by Pete’s former best friend Kelsey Harris and claimed he had tried to stop the shooting.
Harris said that she did not fire the gun and that Peterson was the shooter.
In a statement released after the verdict, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón praised the female rapper’s “bravery,” and said that she “showed incredible courage and vulnerability” despite “repeated and grotesque attacks”.
Gascón added that “Women, especially Black women, are afraid to report crimes like assault and sexual violence because they are too often not believed”.