Attorney George Mgdesyan spoke out after his client, Tory Lanez, was found guilty on Friday.
A Los Angeles jury found Lanez guilty on charges related to the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
Mgdesyan said Lanez’s legal team was “shocked” by the verdict and was “exploring all options.”
Tory Lanez’s legal team is “exploring all options” after he was found guilty of charges related to the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper’s attorney said.
On Friday, a Los Angeles jury found Tory Lanez – real name Daystar Peterson – guilty of all three charges brought against him in the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez, 30, was convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, and having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
in a statement obtained by Rolling Stone reporter Nancy Dillon, attorney George Mgdesyan said Lanez’s legal team was “shocked” by the guilty verdict.
“We are shocked by the verdict. There was not sufficient evidence to convict Mr. Peterson. We believe this case was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Mgdesyan said. “We will be exploring all options including an appeal.”
Mgdesyan and Megan Thee Stallion’s attorney Alex Spiro did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Lanez previously denied shot Megan and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial began on December 12 and the jury reached a verdict on Friday. Lanez faces up to 22 years in prison and possible deportation to Canada. According to CNBC, a sentencing hearing is set for January 27.
Following the verdict, members of Lanez’s family became angry in and out of the Los Angeles courtroom. Clips of Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, and others yelling outside the courtroom were shared on social media. Law and Crime reporter Meghann Cuniff reported that Peterson yelled, “this is a wicked system,” after the verdict was read in the courtroom.
In July 2020, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a report of gunfire and arrested Lanez on a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Megan initially remained silent following the incident, but later accused Lanez of shooting her.
spiro told Insider’s Taiyler Simone Mitchell that the “jury got it right.”
“I am thankful there is justice for Meg,” Spiro told Insider.
District attorney George Gascón also discussed the verdict in a statement.
“I want to start by highlighting the bravery of Megan Pete,” he wrote. “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.”
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