A California man named Eric Holder Jr who was arrested by the police for the murder of Grammy-winning rapper Nipsey Hussle was sentenced to at least 60 years in prison on Wednesday.
Holder was found guilty of shooting the rapper on March 31, 2019, outside a clothing store in Los Angeles that was owned by the rapper. Holder was sentenced to 25 years in prison by the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jake.
Holder was also sentenced to another 25 years in prison for using a gun in the act. Apart from shooting Nipsey Hussle, Holder also shot two other bystanders and received an additional 10 years in prison for the act.
The tragic incident that led to the death of the Grammy-winning rapper took place on March 31, 2019. According to the available reports, Hussle was shot at least 10 times and the shooter also kicked Hussle in his head.
He also shot two bystanders named Kerry Lathan and Shermi Cervabta Villanueva. The three victims were immediately transported to a hospital.
While the two other victims were able to make a recovery, Nipsey Hussle was proclaimed dead on the same day. At the time of his death, he was 33 years old.
If you are looking to know more about the incident, here is a timeline of events that led to the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle.
Timeline Of Events – Nipsey Hussle Murder Case
◾ March 31, 2019: Nipsey Hussle Gets Shot And Killed In Los Angeles
The tragic event that led to the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle took place on March 31, 2019. The event took place in Los Angeles, in front of The Marathon Clothing which was a clothing store owned by Hussle.
Along with Hussle, the shooter also attacked two other bystanders. Even though they were injured, they successfully made a recovery but Hussle, who was shot at least ten times was proclaimed dead after he was taken to the hospital.
The police immediately reached the crime scene and after their initial round of investigation, they revealed some striking information about the shooter.
According to the statement revealed by the police, the shooter was a black man who was supposed to be in his 20s.
They also described the events that took place on the day, according to which the attacker walked up to the three men, Hussle, and the other two bystanders, and opened fire at them.
After shooting the trio, the shooter fled the crime scene through a back alley. He made his escape in a car that was waiting for him and police reported that the car was driven by a female.
◾ April 1, 2019: Surveillance Footage From The Crime Scene Is Leaked
A day after the incident, surveillance footage from the crime scene was leaked. From the video that was leaked, there were clear visuals of the events that took place on the day. In the video, the shooter is seen approaching the three men who were standing in the parking lot of the shop.
As the shooter gets close to the men, one of them is seen to fall to the ground as if he is shot while the others who were near the scene can be spotted running away from the vicinity of the crime scene.
The officers who were carrying out the investigation of the case confirmed that Hussle somehow knew the person that was responsible for the shooting.
◾ April 2, 2019: The Police Identified The Shooter
Two days after the incident, the police were successful in identifying the shooter from the available footage as 29-year-old Eric Holder. After they identified the responsible person, a statement was released by the police.
The statement described the details of the event including the exact time, location, and the event of the crime. They also included details about the way in which Holder made his escape from the crime scene.
The police noted that he made his getaway in a 2016 Chevy Cruze and license plate 7Rjd742 and that the vehicle was driven by an unidentified female.
After releasing the statement describing the complete vents that took place on a tragic day, LAPD Chief Michael R. Moore also released a statement that shed light on the motive of the crime.
He explained that the reason behind the shooting was a personal dispute between Hussle and Holder.
He backed his statement by pointing out that they reached the conclusion through careful analysis of witness statements and background information from people identified.
◾ April 2, 2019: The Suspect Eric Holder Gets Arrested
On the same day, the police identified the shooter, he was arrested in Los Angeles from a suburb of Bellflower, California.
The arrested suspect was later transferred to the Lo Angeles Police Department. Police also revealed that the woman who drove the getaway car from the crime scene with Holder also turned herself in following the arrest of Eric Holder. The woman was reported to be released later.
◾ April 3, 2019: Solitary Confinement And Setting Bond
After getting arrested, Hussle was taken to jail but as the officers doubted a possible attack on him from other inmates, Holder was kept in solitary confinement. The judge set his bond at $7,040,000.
◾ April 4, 2019: Eric Holder is Officially Charged with the Murder
Three days after the attack, Eric Holder was officially charged with the case of murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle and injuring two bystanders Kerry Lathan and Shermi Carvabta Villanueva.
Holder was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He was also charged with possessing firearms.
◾ April 4, 2019: Suspect Retains Chris Daren For Defense And Pleads Not Guilty
As Holder was officially charged with one murder and two attempted murders along with charges of possessing firearms, he decided to retain attorney Chris Darden as his defense attorney.
Darden is famous for being on the prosecution of the murder trial of O.J. Simpson in 1995. During his trial, Eric Holder pled not guilty to all charges against him.
◾ July 6, 2022: Holder Was Found Guilty Of All Charges Against Him
On this day, Eric Holder was found guilty of all the charges against him which include a first-degree murder charge for the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle and also for the attempted murder of the two bystanders.
◾ February 22, 2013: Eric Holder Is Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison
As Eric Holder was found guilty of all charges against him, he was sentenced to 25 years for the murder of Nipsey Hussle and another 25 years for the use of a gun in his cruel act.
He also received an additional 10-year sentence for attempting to murder two of the bystanders.