Per AP, Holder was sentenced to 60 years behind bars by Superior Court Judge H. Clay Jacke II during a hearing on Wednesday (February 22). One of Nipsey’s friends spoke at the hearing and a heartfelt letter penned by Hussle’s father was also read to the courtroom.
“Nipsey was my friend, he was like a son, he was like a dad,” Nip’s close friend Herman “Cowboy” Douglas told the judge. “Our community right now, we lost everything, everything we worked for. One man’s mistake, one man’s action, messed up a whole community.
“I don’t care what you give this guy. It ain’t about the time. I just want to know why. The world wants to know why. Why someone would do that?”
The sentencing of Holder had been delayed for a myriad of reasons after he was found guilty of first-degree murder in July’s trial related to the shooting death of Nipsey Hussle on March 31, 2019 outside his Marathon Clothing store.
Holder, 33, was allegedly angered by Nipsey accusing him of being a snitch.
“Nipsey was like, ‘Man, you know, they got some paperwork on you, you know. I haven’t read it, you know. Like you my bro, you know. Like maybe you need to take care of that, you know,’” a witness said to the grand jury in 2019.
Holder returned to the scene with a pair of weapons and unloaded at least 10 shots into the Crenshaw rapper, which ultimately proved to be fatal.
A separate witness named Shermi Villanueva recounted what he saw in Nipsey’s final moments after Holder pulled the trigger.
“He shot me. He shot me,” the 47-year-old recalled Nipsey stating while he lay on the ground in a pool of blood.
During the two-week 2022 trial, Holder was the victim of a brutal beatdown behind bars at the hands of other inmates on June 28. He reportedly needed three staples in his head and was too injured to attend court.
Holder reportedly “stared straight” during the proceedings and didn’t look up when the 60-year sentence was read. He was not eligible to receive the death penalty, but will likely be spending the rest of his life in prison.