The man responsible for the shooting and killing Nipsey Hussle was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder of the rapper in March 2019.
Eric Holder Jr. received 25 years to life for murder, an additional 25 years to life for an enhanced sentence for using a gun, and an additional 10 years for the shooting of two other men on the same day, who ultimately survived the shooting.
Owner sentenced to 60 years to life for Nipsey-Hussle murder
Herman Douglas (Nipsey’s friend, better known as “Cowboy”) began singing “Hit the road Jack” as Holder was being led away, prompting the judge and lawmakers to criticize him and order him out of the courtroom, the authorities said Los Angeles Times’ James Queally.
In July, after the month-long trial, a jury also convicted Holder of two counts of attempted manslaughter and two counts of assault with a gun, in which two other men were killed at the scene.
The jury returned a verdict of first-degree murder after about six hours of deliberation.
BREAKING: Eric Holder Jr. sentenced to 60 years to life in murder of Nipsey Hussle.
He received 25 death sentences for murder, an additional 25 death sentences for an amended sentence for using a weapon, and 10 years for shooting dead two other men that day.
— James Queally (@JamesQueallyLAT) February 22, 2023
The owner was emotionless at Wednesday’s sentencing and was not eligible for the death penalty
Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke announced the verdict Wednesday after hearing a letter from Holder’s father being read in court and hearing from one of Nip’s friends.
Dressed in orange prison garb, Holder stared emotionless throughout the trial and did not respond when the verdict was read.
He was not eligible for the death penalty, but it was already a foregone conclusion that his conviction would guarantee him spending the rest of his life in prison.
Sentencing was delayed in part to allow defense attorney Aaron Jansen to file motions to reduce Holder’s conviction to manslaughter or second-degree murder.
Judge Jacky eventually denied those motions in December.
Nipsey Hussle performs on stage at Live! Red! Ready! Pre-Show Sponsored By Nissan at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BET)
Holder’s attorney “deeply disappointed” in the verdict, which they plan to appeal
Jansen said afterwards that he was “deeply disappointed” by the verdict, which they planned to appeal.
He scored a small victory for his client by securing attempted voluntary manslaughter convictions where prosecutors had sought attempted murder convictions.
Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, and Holder actually knew each other for years growing up as members of the Rollin’ 60s in south LA. Both had ambitions to be rappers, but only Hussle would go on to become a local hero and national celebrity.
Meanwhile, actress Lauren London, who was Hussle’s partner and mother of his two young children, did not participate in any part of the process, nor did his family.