Aspiring Rapper Had His Mom Killed So He'd Get Her Money

Qaw’mane Wilson was convicted, sentenced to 99 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2020 1:12 PM CST
Rapper Who Threw 'Inheritance' to Fans Convicted of Mom's Murder
Qaw’mane Wilson.   (Chicago PD)

An aspiring Chicago rapper who posted a video on YouTube of himself throwing thousands of dollars that he inherited from his mother to his “fans” has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for her 2012 murder-for-hire killing, the AP reports. Qaw’mane Wilson, 30, was sentenced Friday by a Cook County judge who also sentenced the convicted gunman, Eugene Spencer, to 100 years, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Both men were convicted last March of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and home invasion in the killing of Yolanda Holmes, who was a hairstylist in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Prosecutors said that Holmes doted on her son, an only child, lavishing him with fancy clothes, jewelry, and a Mustang, but that he wanted more.

Wilson, then 23, sent Spencer to his mother’s apartment to kill her in September 2012 so that Wilson could raid her bank accounts, prosecutors said. Records showed that Wilson withdrew nearly $70,000 from his mother’s accounts in the months after her death and spent the money on flashy clothes and to customize the Mustang she had given him to have gull-wing doors added to the vehicle. Wilson also posted on YouTube a video of himself withdrawing thousands of dollars in cash from a bank and throwing those bills to a crowd of people that he said in the video were “fans” of his rap music. That video was played for the jury that convicted Wilson, who went by the name “Young QC.” Before the judge made his ruling, he spoke briefly: “I just want to say, nobody loved my mother more than me,” he said. “She was all I had. That’s it.”

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