Eric Holder, the man who shot and killed rapper Nipsey Hussle has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison.
According to reports, Holder was given 25-to-life on the murder count, as well as 25-to-life for a sentencing enhancement since a gun was used and 10 years for shooting two other men the day of the fatal shooting.
Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II handed down the sentence to Eric R. Holder Jr., 33, who was found guilty of the 2019 first-degree murder of the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist outside the clothing store Hussle founded, the Marathon, in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where both men grew up in very similar circumstances.
“I am very mindful of what was presented as to Mr. Holder’ mental health,” Jacke said. “I am also mindful of the devastation caused to the victims and their families. I believe this sentence balances the two.”
Holder, dressed in orange jail attire, stared straight ahead throughout the proceedings and did not react when the sentence was read, and spoke only to tell the judge he understood the circumstances when he was asked.
Hussle grew up in South Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Rollin’ 60s street gang as a teenager.
He opened the Marathon Clothing store as a way of investing in his community. Before his death, he had also reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department to discuss ways to help prevent gang violence in the neighbourhood.
The rapper won two posthumous Grammy awards for best rap performance and best rap/song collaboration in 2020. He was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hussle leaves his wife, Lauren London and two children.