Today, in a Los Angeles court, Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke sentenced gang member Eric R. Holder, Jr.—who was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle— to 60 years to life in prison.
Holder was sentenced to up to 25 years for shooting Hussle (Ermias Asghedom) with an extra 25 years for firearm enhancements and ten additional years for two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter for injuring two other men in the incident. Hussle had been struck by gunfire at least ten times, after which Holder kicked him in the head before fleeing the parking lot of the Marathon Clothing Store, owned by the rapper.
The sentence was handed down after a letter from Holder’s father was read, which stated in part, “I know there are not enough words or apologies that will fill the void, the loss, the pain, the deep sorrow the family of Ermias Asghedom (Nipsey Hussle) is experiencing. You cannot imagine the agony, the grief, the utter disbelief and devastation I feel knowing my son, Eric Jr., took another person’s life.”
Absent from the courtroom were members of Asghedom’s family.
Although he was not eligible for the death penalty, Holder was expected to receive a sentence that would ensure that he spent the rest of his life in prison. His attorneys have said that they plan to appeal the verdict, based on the argument that death of the 33-year old Grammy-nominated rapper was not planned, but was prompted by the heated circumstances of their confrontation, which would then merit the lesser verdict of involuntary manslaughter and less time in prison.