A 12-person jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes before convicting Michigan man Lashon T. Hollman of first-degree, premeditated murder for killing his neighbor Cassandra Nelson by dropping a television on her head and stabbing her 54 times.
Hollman, 21, was also convicted of felony murder, torture and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.
As he heard the jury’s verdict and realized he would be spending the rest of his life in prison, Hollman lowered his head and cried. Both first-degree murder and felony murder carry mandatory penalties of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Nelson was 28.
Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Fehrman said that while Nelson was stabbed 54 times in the upper back and the back of her neck and head, her death was caused when Hollman dropped a tube television on her head.
County Medical Examiner Kanu Virani testified during Hollman's trial. Virani said that Nelson’s head injury was “quite bad” and that she essentially drowned in her own blood, MLive reports.
Hollman's DNA was found on a bloody bread knife and on a can of Budweiser found just feet away from Nelson's body, according to testimony from Michigan State Police experts.
Fehrman's case was also aided by Hollman's best friend, Quamay Henne. During a recording that was played for the jury, Henne said that Hollman confessed to killing Nelson and told Henne that he “stabbed the (expletive) out of her.”
Hollman rejected a plea agreement where he would have plead guilty to second-degree murder, torture and the weapon charge. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors would have dropped the other murder charges and recommended that Hollman receive a 30-year minimum sentence.