After a three-year-long judicial saga, the killer of the famous Los Angeles rapper was sentenced on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Eric R. Holder Jr. will probably spend the remainder of his life behind bars for the assassination of Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, real name Airmiess Joseph Asghedom, was a rapper, businessman, and philanthropist assassinated in 2019 outside the South LA Marathon Clothing store he owned. Hussle was nominated for a Grammy.
Holder received a 50-year term to life in prison for his part in the murder and a 10-year sentence for the day’s other two shootings.
H. Clay Jacke II, a judge for the superior court, sentenced Holder in Los Angeles.
“I am very mindful of what was presented to Mr. Holder’s mental health,” Jacke said, according to The Associated Press. “I am also mindful of the devastation caused to the victims and their families. I believe this sentence balances the two.”
According to the AP, Jacke gave Holder a sentence of 25 years to life for the murder, an extra 25 years for a firearm-related sentencing enhancement, and an additional ten years for assault with a firearm.
Because two additional men were shot at the site of the crime and sustained injuries, a Los Angeles County jury also found Holder guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter last July. Prosecutors claim that Holder shot rapper Nipsey Hussle several times because Hussle dubbed Holder a “snitch” while they were both growing up and were members of the same gang.
Hussle had established himself as a prominent adversary of gun violence and a proponent of neighborhood improvement and children’s opportunities.
Hussle had an appointment with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LA Police Chief Michel Moore to discuss how to reduce gang crime in the city before he was killed. On what would have been his 37th birthday in August of last year, Hussle received a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a posthumous tribute.