AN aspiring rapper, Qaw’mane Wilson, paid a hitman to murder his own mother so he could empty her bank accounts to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Qaw’mane Wilson, who styled himself Young QC, was sentenced to 99 years in prison by a Chicago court last week for his role in the death of his mother, Yolanda Holmes. The killer, Eugene Spencer, was given a 100-year sentence.
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The court heard how Ms Holmes had spoiled Wilson, helping her son buy expensive clothes, jewellery, and even a Mustang sports car.
But Wilson, who was just 23 when he ordered the killing, wanted even more cash to fund his life as a wannabe rapper and concocted a plan to murder his mother so he could steal from her bank accounts.
In 2012, Spencer drove with Wilson’s girlfriend to Ms Holmes’s flat in northern Chicago and shot her dead while she slept.
He then knocked Ms Holmes’s boyfriend unconscious and left.
But when he spoke on the phone to Wilson to report the slaying, the rapper ordered him to return to the flat and “make sure the b***h is dead”. Spencer then went back and stabbed Ms Holmes.
After collecting the money from his mother’s bank accounts, Wilson used it to customise his Mustang further, fitting it with expensive new ‘gull-wing’ doors, which opened upwards.
He also continued to try and build his profile as a rapper, posting a video on YouTube in 2013 of himself withdrawing thousands of dollars from a bank and hurling the cash into a crowd of people he claimed were his fans.
The judge, Stanley Sacks, told Wilson, now 30, he had committed a terrible crime.
When asked if he had anything to say before the judge made his ruling, Wilson made only a short reply.
“I just want to say, nobody loved my mother more than me,” he said. “She was all I had. That’s it.”