Rapper Nipsey Hussle’s murderer received at least 60 years in prison.
On Wednesday, the perpetrator of the 2019 shooting death of Grammy-winning rapper Nipsey Hussle in a Los Angeles street was sentenced to at least 60 years in prison.
Hussle was a fast-rising talent whose death shocked the music industry; Eric Holder had not disputed killing him, but his attorneys contended it was an impulsive act committed in the “fire of anger.”
But, a jury determined that Holder had acted deliberately when he shot Hussle at least 10 times after an argument between the two men over allegations that the attacker was “snitching” to the police.
Judge H. Clay Jacke of the Los Angeles County Superior Court sentenced Holder to a minimum of 25 years in prison for the murder and an extra 25 years because a firearm was used in the crime.
Because Holder shot and injured two other individuals who were close, he received an additional 10 years in prison.
Former gang member Hussle’s murder in front of the clothes store he owned and operated sparked deep sorrow in his hometown of Los Angeles and among his superstar colleagues, who praised his musical prowess and civic activity.
Hussle, who was up in the city’s Crenshaw neighborhood, had turned the block where he used to hustle into a retail and job-creating hotspot for his Marathon Clothes firm. He was 33 years old when he passed away.
Nevertheless he remained connected to the gang-infested environment he was raised in.
Hussle and Holder, a 32-year-old gang member, belonged to the same “Rollin 60s” Crips group.
Prior to Holder leaving the parking lot where the two were conversing, Hussle had informed Holder that there were allegations that Holder had been “snitching,” according to prosecutor John McKinney during the trial.
Shortly after his return, there was a “explosion of violence” as Holder “pulled out not one but two firearms and started shooting.”
A video was taken of the murder.
McKinney described the murder as “cold-blooded” and “calculated” in his closing remarks, adding that Holder had “quite a bit of time for premeditation and contemplation.”
Holder’s attorney, however, argued the jury that manslaughter should have been prosecuted because the murder was “an act of impulse and rashness.”
His life in prison “is going to be miserable for as long as it lasts,” according to Aaron Jansen, who said that his client, who had a mental illness, had already received death threats.
The judge declared that he would advise Holder to live in a facility that can take care of his mental health requirements.
Thousands of people attended Hussle’s memorial service one month after his 2019 murder. Stevie Wonder and Snoop Dogg were among those who paid their respects, and former president Barack Obama wrote a message that was read during the funeral.
Obama stated, “Although most people saw just gangs, guns, and despair in the Crenshaw community where he grew up, Nipsey sees opportunity.
He noticed hope. He observed a group of people who, in spite of their shortcomings, encouraged him to never give up.
The Grammy Awards for best rap performance for “Racks in the Middle” and best rap/sung performance for “Higher” were given posthumously to Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom.