Tory Lanez intends to fight for his freedom following a guilty verdict for three charges in December, including the July 2020 shooting of Megan The Stallion. On Wednesday (March 29), Tory’s legal team reportedly filed a motion for a new trial, citing several procedural errors.
On December 23, a Los Angeles jury found Tory guilty of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He faces up to 22 years in prison and deportation. Less than three weeks after his conviction, Lanez–legal name Daystar Peterson–hired David Kenner to replace his trial lawyer George Mgdesyan.
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Kenner, who successfully represented Snoop Dogg during a murder trial in the 90s, secured a delay in sentencing for Tory in early January. As a result, sentencing was moved from January to April to allow Tory’s legal team time to review trial transcripts and prepare their motion.
However, his latest defense team consists of Jose Baez and Matthew Barhoma. According to Rolling Stone, Lanez dropped Kenner from his defense due to a “scheduling conflict.” The rapper thanked Kenner for “his hard work and wise counsel.” Baez is reportedly the first chair and Barhoma second chair in the new appeal.