Eric Ronald Holder Jr., 33, The man who murdered Nipsey Hussle in a daylight ambush outside the rapper’s clothing store in Los Angeles was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison. Holder appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday, Feb. 22, and received his punishment after his conviction last July. Jurors found that he murdered Nipsey with premeditation following an initial conversation in a strip-mall parking lot on March 31, 2019. During the hearing, the court heard from one of Hussle’s friends, as well as a letter from Holder’s father. Holder was not eligible for the death penalty, and a life sentence was largely expected. It was reported that during the trial last summer, prosecutors argued that Holder Jr. left the scene of the initial conversation and ate some food, and drove around the block before he stalked back to the parking lot about 10 minutes later and opened fire with a black semiautomatic in one hand and a silver revolver in the other. Public defender Aaron Jansen argued that Holder Jr. acted in the “heat of passion” because he believed Hussle had accused him of being a “snitch.”
The conviction for first-degree murder and personal use of a firearm meant Holder Jr. was facing up to 50 years to life in prison.
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