The verdict came in Friday, just before the holiday — where a group of L.A. jurors found the Canadian rapper guilty of all three charges against him — felony negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm.
After the verdict was read, several members of Tory’s family — including his dad and stepmom — shouted, “This system stands before God!” and calling the court system evil. Deputies surrounded his family members and escorted them out of the courtroom.
Tory was filmed entering court before the verdict was read, telling cameras his spirits were high.
Tory now faces more than 22 years in prison, which will be determined during sentencing on January 27. Sources connected to the case tell us Tory’s lawyers were in touch with immigration officials — before the guilty verdict — and we’re told they’ve been informed there’s a strong likelihood he will be forced to leave the country.
This marks the conclusion of a wild 2 weeks in court, which saw a handful of witnesses take the stand to recount what they say happened on that fateful night. Megan herself obviously testified, squarely pointing the finger at Tory as the shooter.
Meg was called out by the defense for several items, including the fact she initially wasn’t forthright about having an intimate relationship with Tory Lanez, and that she’d initially lied to police about how her feet had gotten injured.
The defense also tried to target Meg’s ex-BFF, Kelsey, as the shooter … and the reason she might’ve shot her was because of alleged creeping behind her back with guys like Ben Simmons, DaBaby and Tory himself — a revelation that apparently sparked a major argument among all 3 of them in the car.
What exactly happened in the car was a major source of contention during the trial. While Megan had one version of events — Kelsey seemed to have a different story … albeit, with a very spotty memory on the stand that created stop-and-go recounting under oath.
What she did definitively testify to on the stand … she wasn’t the one who shot Megan … but she wasn’t willing to go as far as to say Tory did.
But, remember … prosecutors were eventually able to get the green light to play a prior interview she’d given investigators in September — and in that recording, she said Tory did actually shoot Meg.
Other witnesses took the stand too, but none of them were as consequential as Megan and Kelsey — including the guy who supposedly saw the two women fighting from his balcony. Ultimately, he wasn’t very definitive about who he says he saw fire the gun.
The physical evidence in the case wasn’t that strong — there was gun residue found on both Kelsey and Tory … and inconclusive DNA evidence on the gun itself. Tory never took the stand, and neither did his driver that night … Jaquan Smith. Aside from cops and a witness to the Kylie Jenner party that preceded all this — it really boiled down to Kelsey and Meg.
In the end, the jury obviously sided with prosecutors. As for the court of public opinion … the jury is still very much out. People certainly took sides on social media — and on traditional media too — but now … it’s unclear if their allegiances will change.