The killer of a celebrated Los Angeles rapper was sentenced Wednesday after a legal drama that dragged on for three years.
Eric R. Holder Jr., 33, will likely remain in jail for the rest of his life for the murder of Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, born Airmiess Joseph Asghedom, was a Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur and philanthropist who was fatally shot in 2019 outside the Marathon Clothing store he owned in South LA. He was 33 years old.
Holder was sentenced to 50 years to life for his role in the killing as well as 10 years for shooting two other people that day.
Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II handed down the sentence to Holder in Los Angeles.
“I am very mindful of what was presented as to Mr. Holder’s mental health,” Jacke said, according to The Associated Press. “I am also mindful of the devastation caused to the victims and their families. I believe this sentence balances the two.”
Jacke sentenced Holder to 25 years to life for the murder, an additional 25 years for a firearm sentencing enhancement and 10 years for assault with a firearm, the AP reports.
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