Updated 2/22/23 at 3:23 p.m. E.T:
On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II sentenced Eric Holder Jr. to 60 years to life in prison. The sentencing was postponed partially because defense attorney Aaron Jansen wanted Holder’s conviction lessened to manslaughter or second-degree murder, which Jacke dismissed in December. Herman “Cowboy” Douglas was with Hussle when he was killed and described the impact of his murder during the sentencing. Douglas stated: “Our community right now, we lost everything, everything we worked for. One man’s mistake, one man’s action, messed up a whole community.”
In July, Eric Holder Jr., 32, was found guilty of the 2019 first-degree murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle outside of Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing Store in South Los Angeles. In addition, Holder was also convicted of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter as well as two counts of assault with a firearm for shooting two other men at the scene who survived their injuries.
He is scheduled to be sentenced for his crimes in a Los Angeles courtroom. Holder Jr. will most likely receive life in prison. The sentencing was postponed partially due to defense attorney Aaron Jansen’s attempts to convince Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke to lessen Holder’s conviction to manslaughter or second-degree murder.
However, the judge rejected that notion in December. Holder Jr. was ineligible for the death penalty; the murder conviction by itself carries a term of 25 years to life. In combination with Holder Jr.’s other convictions and special sentencing circumstances that jurors found true, he is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.
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Hussle’s partner and mother of his two young children, Lauren London, didn’t attend any part of the trial—and neither did any of his relatives. None of them are expected to give victim impact statements, which typically happen at these types of hearings.
Holder Jr.’s sentencing was originally scheduled for September but was delayed at the request of the defense. Tomorrow’s sentencing finally brings to an end a 3 year legal drama was consistently push back because of the pandemic.