The man convicted of gunning down Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison.
According to the Associated Press, Eric Holder Jr. was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison on Wednesday for the 2019 murder of Nipsey, a 33-year-old rapper who was fatally shot outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. The sentencing was announced less than a year after Holder was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter. He was also convicted on two counts of assault with a firearm and two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter; the latter charges stem from gunfire that injured two bystanders.
Holder had pleaded not guilty to the charges and attempted to reduce his first-degree murder charge to second-degree murder or manslaughter. Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II rejected the appeal in December and also denied his request for a new trial.
Nipsey, born Airmiess Joseph Asghedom, was gunned down on March 31, 2019, after Holder had confronted him in a parking lot. The rapper was ultimately shot 10 times and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead about half an hour after the shooting. Holder, who was immediately identified as the gunman, was arrested on April 2.
Nipsey and Holder reportedly knew each other for years, as they were both members of the Rollin’ 60s street gang. Prosecutors allege Nipsey had accused Holder of being a “snitch,” which prompted the then-29-year-old to open fire.
Nipsey’s good friend and employee Herman “Cowboy” Douglas was among those who witnessed the shooting.