Nipsey Hussle’s killer; A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday sentenced. The man convicted of fatally shooting Nipsey Hussle to 60 years to life in prison after hearing testimony. About the enormous cost of killing the hip-hop star. Neighborhood leader and a lifelong mental illness. the abuse and struggle of the man who shot him.
Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II sentenced Eric R. Holder Jr., 33, who was find guilty in 2019 of the first-degree murder of the 33-year-old Grammy-nominate hip-hop artist without his clothes on. Hussle founded Marathon in South Los Angeles, where both men grew up in very similar circumstances. Am very aware of what has been reveale about Mr. Holder’s mental health,” Jacke said. “I am also aware of the devastation cause to the victims and their families. I think this sentence brings the two together.”
After a month-long trial, jurors convicted Holder in July of attempted murder. Two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm because the shootings killed two other people at the scene who survived.
Jacke sentenced Holder to 25 years to life for the murder. An additional 25 years for the firearm enhancement and 10 years for the aggravated assault with a firearm. He also impose several additional punishments and ordered others to be execut. He also credited Holder with the nearly four years he has served since the shooting.
Dressed in an orange prison uniform
Dressed in an orange prison uniform, Holder stared straight ahead throughout the proceedings. Did not respond to the reading of the verdict, only telling the judge that he understood the circumstances when asked.
In a pre-sentence impact statement, Herman “Cowboy” Douglas, Hussle’s close friend. Who was by Hussle’s side when he was kill and testified at the trial. Told the judge the killing was a huge loss for both of them. personally. To the South Los Angeles community where Hussle was a business leader and inspiration.
“Nipsey was my friend, he was like a son, he was like a father,” said Douglas. Who took off his black cowboy hat as he entered the courtroom and wore a sweatshirt with Hussle’s picture on it. “Our community has now lost everything, everything we worked for. One man’s mistake, one man’s actions confused an entire community.”
Douglas said Hussle’s store and a nearby store he own and support were close. Meaning “the Homies have nothing to do with it.
Nipsey Hussle’s killer; Douglas told the judge: “I don’t care what you give this guy. This is not the time. I just want to know why. The world wants to know why. Why would anyone do that?”
Actress Lauren London, who was Hussle’s partner and the mother of his two young children. Was not present at the hearing, nor were any of her relatives, and none of them gave the same impression.
Jansen asked for a reduced sentence of 25 years to life
Jansen asked for a reduced sentence of 25 years to life. Which would allow for the possibility of release and rehabilitation, and described Holder’s childhood of physical abuse and poverty.
Jansen said that by the time he reached adulthood, Holder “descended into a terrible mental illness” that led to “years of torment and problems,” including excruciating auditory hallucinations that resisted all attempts at treatment. He showed pictures of a head injury the owner received at the hands of other inmates during the trial who say he was targeted as Hussle’s killer and that his life behind bars will be “brutal. It will be short. He has already received numerous death threats.”
Jansen also read a letter from Holder’s father, Eric Holder Sr., in which he apologized to Hussle’s family and other victims.
“I know there are not enough words to fill the void, the pain, the deep sadness they feel,” the letter said. “Every day I ask myself and ask if I did everything I could as a father to help Eric Jr. to stabilize your mental health.
Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, and Holder had known each other for years as members of the Rollin’ 60s in South LA. Both were aspiring rappers. But Holder never achieved the success of Hussle, who became a local hero and national celebrity.
A year after his death, he was mourned at a memorial service at the then-Staples Center and celebrated at the Grammys with a performance that included DJ Khaled and John Legend.
Nipsey Hussle’s killer; The evidence against Holder was so overwhelming — from eyewitnesses to surveillance cameras at local businesses that recorded his arrival, shooting and departure — that Jansen admitted at trial that he shot Hussle and asked jurors to find him guilty of murder. But jurors took just six hours to deliberate before returning with a verdict of first-degree murder.
As Holder was led out of the courtroom Wednesday, Douglas chanted “Hit the Road Jack” at him. Jacke shouted, “Out!” and the deputies led Douglas out.