On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Los Angeles courtroom handed down a sentence of 60 years to life in prison to the man who was found guilty of fatally shooting American rapper, Airmiess Joseph Asghedom better known as Nipsey Hussle.
Eric Holder was convicted of first-degree murder in July 2022 for the March 31, 2019, killing of Nipsey Hussle in a parking lot outside the rapper’s South Los Angeles apparel shop. He was 33.
Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke handed down the sentence Wednesday after hearing from one of Hussle’s friends and listening to a letter from Holder’s father.
Holder’s sentencing hearing had been postponed several times, including most recently November 3rd 2022. The sentencing has been delayed in part so defense attorney Aaron Jansen could argue to reduce Holder’s conviction to manslaughter or second-degree murder, which the judge rejected in December.
Holder was also found guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter after two other people were injured in the shooting.
Nipsey Hussle had grown up with Holder, and both were members of the same gang, the Rollin’ 60s.
Prosecutors argued that Holder was upset over accusations that he was a snitch and that it was premeditated when he approached Hussle outside his shop, The Marathon, and opened fire.
Hussle was struck at least 10 times. Afterward, Holder kicked him in the head and fled, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told jurors.
Hussle was a father-of-two – Emami Asghedom and Kross Ermias Asghedom.