According to numerous sources, the guy convicted of murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle received a sentence of at least 60 years in jail. Nearly four years after killing Hussle, 33, in the parking lot of his clothes business, Eric Holder Jr., 32, was given his sentence on Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom.
According to the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press, he was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for the murder of Nipsey Hussle and an extra 25 years to life “based on a sentencing enhancement” since he used a pistol. For shooting two onlookers, Holder received an additional 10 years in jail.
After his bullets injured two bystanders, Holder was convicted guilty in July of first-degree murder, along with two charges of attempted voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a handgun.
The court heard from a friend of Hussle and Holder’s father through a letter, and the punishment followed that. According to the AP, he did not respond when his sentence was read.
Hussle was shot and died in Los Angeles in March 2019 outside his Marathon Clothing store. Holder was charged with his murder two months later. Hussle was a father of two and the longtime lover of actress Lauren London. Holder, who entered a not-guilty plea, is accused of firing at least 10 shots that struck the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist (real name Ermias Asghedom).
Holder’s trial was delayed when he allegedly suffered repeated assaults while being held in a detention holding cell while awaiting transport to court, lasting little over two weeks.
According to The New York Times, Holder’s counsel said that Holder shot Hussle during the trial, but it was not intentional and occurred in the “heat of passion.”
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney, however, said in his opening statement that there was “no doubt” Holder knew in advance he’d kill Hussle and said it was likely motivated by the jealousy that Holder, an aspiring rapper, had over Hussle’s success as an artist, the Los Angeles Times reported.
According to the prosecution, Holder kicked Hussle’s body in the head after the firing had ceased before he fled. McKinney claimed in his closing remarks that Holder’s conduct following the murder demonstrated that it was not a spontaneous act.
“Saying, ‘You’re through,’ before shooting him and shooting him sometimes…kicking him in the head, that’s personal,” he said, according to CBS News. “What makes this murder first-degree is premeditation and deliberation.”
According to Jansen’s prior claims made during pre-trial hearings, Holder has a history of mental health problems, including having received electroshock therapy. He claimed that Holder’s mother had passed away just before the incident and that his abrupt medication discontinuation had left him despondent.
Hussle was greatly mourned and celebrated by the music industry after his passing, and on what would have been his 37th birthday in August, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Along with their 6-year-old son Kross and Emani, Hussle’s ex-daughter, girlfriend London attended the ceremony.
Hussle’s life will be chronicled in a docuseries revealed in November. It will include never-before-seen footage of the celebrity and interviews with London and associates like Snoop Dogg and Diddy.
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