Eric Holder Jr. Convicted of First-Degree Murder of Nipsey Hussle

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After three years since the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, a jury decided Eric Holder was guilty of first-degree murder. In 2019, he was shot in front of a clothing store he owned in South Las Angeles. Although people knew Eric Holder shot Hussle, as multiple eye-witnesses confirmed along with security footage, the defense attorney claimed this shooting was not premeditated, and only happened in the heat of the moment.

Prosecutors, however, described how Hussle and Holder were in the same street gang, but Holder felt disrespected by Hussle and decided to shoot him. Now, Holder can face life in prison and will be sentenced in September. The jury also found him guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.



This news immediately went viral as people discussed the verdict and the sentencing that would be coming a few months later. “That verdict means he will face an indeterminate sentence that could lean towards life, though he will eventually be eligible for parole under California’s “elder parole” law,” a LA Times reporter wrote.



Many agreed with the verdict, with one person writing “In the heat of passion” does not make one any less dead. Glad they found him guilty of first-degree murder ‘cause that’s what it was.” Many people also believe he will receive life in prison, but might be able to qualify for probation due to California’s elderly parole program.

Due to having similar names, there was confusion where some people thought this was either the former Attorney General Eric H. Holder or his son, but many journalists have tried to specify to avoid confusion. This verdict closes a chapter in hip-hop history as people continue to mourn and miss the rapper.

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