Kerry Lathan, a 56-year-old man that was injured in the same shooting that killed Nipsey Hussle, was arrested for violating his parole by associating with the late rapper. He’s now expected to be released from jail.
On March 30, Lathan was outside of the Marathon clothing store alongside Nipsey Hussle when a man, identified as Eric Holder, opened fire on them.
Lathan, who had just gotten out of jail after serving a twenty-five-year sentence for murder, was shot in the back during the attack and taken to the hospital. He survived but is now confined to a wheelchair as a result of the wound.
After being released from the hospital, he was arrested at his halfway house for violating one of his parole’s conditions, which states he can’t have contact with any gang member. Hussle, as LAPD has said, was associated with the Rollin 60s Crips.
Lathan was transferred to Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A while he waited for authorities to revoke his parole.
However, a rep with L.A. Superior Court told TMZ on Thursday that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has dropped its petition to revoke Lathan’s parole.
Kerry is expected to be released immediately.
Hussle has been praised as a hero and a pillar of his community by several authorities, including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and former President Barack Obama.
The Crenshaw rapper was supposed to meet with LAPD officers a day after he was murdered to discuss ways to stop gang violence in the community.
“They’re trying to send me back … for life,” Latham said. “Due to gang association. I was with an activist, a peacemaker in the community who was trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. It’s an injustice.”
Big U asked fans to support Latham by putting pressure on the district attorney to release him from jail. It seems like it worked out for Lathan.
Meanwhile, the alleged shooter, Eric Holder, has entered a not guilty plea and is being held on a $5 million bond. He was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder and is set to return to court on May 10.
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