Tory Lanez’s request for bail while appealing his conviction for shooting Megan Thee Stallion has been denied by a criminal court in Los Angeles. Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month for the shooting. His attorneys had motioned for a bail release earlier this month, but Judge David Herriford denied the motion. The judge cited the violent nature of the felony conviction, Peterson’s history of violating court orders, including a protective order, and the risk of deportation as reasons for denying bail.
Peterson’s legal team, represented by Crystal Morgan and Michael Hayden of the nonprofit legal group Unite the People, argued for his release as he awaits the appeal decision. The group’s CEO and director, Caesar McDowell, expressed concerns about the fairness of the trial and the severity of Peterson’s conviction and punishment. McDowell stated that they believe the 10-year sentence is disproportionate and that Peterson was not given a fair opportunity.
Peterson was found guilty of first-degree assault with a firearm, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and having a concealed firearm in a vehicle. The shooting incident occurred nearly eight months before his sentencing. Megan Thee Stallion, in a statement, described the hardships she has faced since the incident and expressed her reluctance to be in the same room as Lanez.
During his plea for leniency, Peterson emphasized his role as a father and denied that the shooting represented his true character. He acknowledged his mistakes that night but maintained his innocence regarding the charges. Peterson’s refusal to apologize and his assertion of wrongful conviction were reiterated in a letter to his fans after his sentencing.
Given the previous denial of probation and request for a new trial, the denial of bail was not unexpected. Peterson’s appeal to overturn his conviction is ongoing.