Nipsey Hussle’s Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison
The killer of deceased rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose given name is Ermias Asghedom, was handed down his sentence in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday for the murder of the rapper in 2019. Based on a report by AP News, the man who has been identified as Eric R. Holder Jr. was given 60 years to life in prison.
The presiding judge made the declaration after hearing the testimony of Nipsey Hussle’s friend, who was on the scene when the crime was committed, and after listening to a letter from Holder’s father that was read aloud during the court proceedings. Holder was deemed ineligible for the death penalty, but he was certain to receive a stringent sentence for the gruesome act. It was reported that Holder had little to no reaction as his fate was announced in the courtroom.
After a six-hour deliberation, the jury returned to the courtroom with the verdict of first-degree murder. Holder’s attorney, who attempted to convince the jury that he deserved a lighter sentence because of the acrimonious circumstances under which the murder was committed, was left disappointed after hearing the jury’s decision, which they had planned to appeal.
The verdict had been delayed in segments, so the defendant’s attorney, Aaron Jansen, could request a lighter sentence for Holder, requesting that the charge be reduced to manslaughter or second-degree murder, but Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke denied the motion in December.
Hussle, who was 33 years old at the time of his death, had reportedly known the defendant for years as they were both members of the Rollin’ 60s in South LA and were both aspiring rappers growing up. Nipsey surpassed his peer, however, to become a national celebrity and a local hero.
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A year after his passing, the Grammy-nominated rapper, Hussle, was remembered in a memorial service held at the Staples Center and honoured with a performance by DJ Khaled and John Legend at the Grammy Awards.