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Nipsey Hussle murder: Killer gets 60 years to life

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A judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday sentenced the man convicted of shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle to life in prison for 60 years.

Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jack II sentences 33-year-old Eric R. Holder Jr., convicted of first-degree murder in 2019 against 33-year-old Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist was dropped. Outside the clothing store Hussle founded, Marathon, in the South Los Angeles area where they both grew up in a very similar environment.

After a month-long trial, a jury found Holder guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a firearm in July.

Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jack ruled Wednesday after hearing from one of Hustle’s friends and hearing a letter from Holder’s father that was read in court. Holder, dressed in an orange prison uniform, stared straight ahead during the hearing and made no reaction as he read his verdict.

Holder was not eligible for the death penalty. He was all but certain to pass a sentence that guaranteed him to spend the rest of his life in prison, but only the term details of his issue were given.

Sentencing has been partially stayed, and defense attorney Aaron Jansen was able to argue for Holder’s conviction to be reduced to manslaughter or second-degree murder, which Jack ruled out in December. I declined.

Hussle’s real name is Ermias Asghedom, and Holder has known each other since growing up as members of South LA’s Rollin’ 60s. Both wanted to be rappers. However, Holder was never as successful as Hustle.

Hustle’s partner and mother of his two young children, actor Lauren London, did not attend any part of the trial, nor did any of his relatives.

Herman “Cowboy” Douglas, a close friend of Hussle’s and who stood by Hussle’s testimony during the trial when he was murdered, said in court that the killing was both for him personally and for South Los Angeles, where Hussle was. He said it was a tremendous loss to the community. A business leader and an inspiration.

“Nipsey was my friend, like a son, like a dad,” Douglas said. “Our community has now lost everything. We have lost everything we worked for. One man’s mistake, one action, ruined the whole community.”

Douglas told the judge, “I don’t care what you give this man. It’s not a matter of time. I just want to know why. The world wants to know why. Why would anyone do that?” is it?” he said.

The evidence against Holder was so overwhelming, from eyewitnesses to the surveillance cameras of local businesses that captured his arrival, the shooting, and his departure, that his lawyers said he shot Hussle during the trial. admitted.

Jansen, however, told jurors that the overheated circumstances of the shooting meant a lower verdict for intentional manslaughter.

The jury returned with a verdict of first-degree murder after about six hours of deliberation.

Janssen later said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling, which he planned to appeal.

He managed a minor victory for Holder by securing a conviction of voluntary manslaughter when prosecutors were seeking a verdict of attempted murder.

A year after his death, Hussle was memorialized at a memorial in the arena then known as the Staples Center and celebrated with performances at the Grammys that included DJ Khaled and John Legend.

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