Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Guilty Verdicts For Murderer and Son Behind Killing of Uptown Hair Salon Owner Yolanda Holmes

Yolanda Holmes with son Qawmane Wilson
(2010) (from her Facebook page)
Six and a half years after the murder of Yolanda Holmes, age 45, the man who killed her - and her son, who paid him to do it - have both been found guilty of 1st degree murder.

On Labor Day weekend in 2012, Uptowners were shocked to learn of a murder in the then-new Wilson Yard apartments. The much-loved owner of a Buena Park hair salon had been stabbed and shot by an intruder while asleep in her bed.

She was remembered as a vivacious and generous woman who loved her family, particularly her 22-year-old son, Qawmane Wilson, who frequently was seen at the shop with her while he was growing up. She had been featured in news stories when the Wilson Yard apartments and Target opened, saying that she and her family "now have a safe and stable home."

It was shocking when arrests were made in her murder more than a year later. Her son, Qawmane, was accused of masterminding the scheme, staying off-site while paying his friend, Eugene Spencer, then 22, to go to the apartment to commit the actual murder. Loriana Johnson, then 23, was charged for her role as the lookout and getaway driver. 

The motive for the murder was allegedly to get access to Ms. Holmes' savings, and to cash out her two life insurance policies, so that Qawmane could further his career as an aspiring rap artist, "Young QC." 

His own behavior was what made police suspect him. He did a video that showed him throwing hundred dollar bills to his adoring fans, "giving back" to the neighborhood. He filmed himself buying designer clothes and adding upgrades to the Camaro his mother had bought him.

After an unbelievably long six years of pretrial proceedings, Qawmane Wilson and Eugene Spencer's cases both finally went to trial this month, with separate juries.

Yesterday, the jury assigned to Qawmane Wilson found him guilty, after only two hours of deliberation, of first-degree murder, home invasion, and attempted murder. 

Eugene Spencer's jury found him guilty of the same three counts this afternoon. Both men will return to the courtroom in April for sentencing hearings.

The getaway driver, Loriana Johnson, was found guilty in 2015 of Armed Robbery and was sentenced to 14 years. With time served, and using Illinois' day-served equals day-credit policy, she is due to be released in 2020. She has always claimed that she was told the crime she was an accomplice to was robbery, not murder.

As more information is released, we'll keep you informed.

18 comments:

  1. I thought he had gotten natural life, at least, that is what his Uncle Jimmy, said. He was always a rotten kid. I have known the family for years.

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    1. They didnt say how much time he received. Only the female driver

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    2. I just would like to know just what he was thinking. I've read handwritten court documents that he has just filed, handwriting is nice, punctuation he's not an idiot. Thinking of just writing to him in prison...

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    5. Damn shameπŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  2. I was a client at the that salon for 4 or 5 years. She was nice enough from what I knew of her. Marcel (a barber and a hairstylist) cut my hair for more than 10 yrs, oddly enough, he was murdered a few years later. Both incidences were so sad. How could you do that to your own mom, SINCELESS!!!!

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  3. Both males where sentence, Holmes got 99 and Spencer 100 years

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  4. Oh my God I remember the barber Marcel

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  5. Wow, I can’t believe what he did, how could you be so cruel. From what I see you were loved that wasn’t enough you are greedy I pray that you find salvation in your 99 yrs to me you should be placed in a cell with pictures of your mom plastered all over the walls so you could see what you have destroyed child of the devil you are I pray you repent and God has mercy on your soul.

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  6. God have mercy on his soul....God is the judge

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  7. 90k was all his mom was worth to him? Sick.

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  8. 6 years to come to trial. That's why witnesses don't want to come forward.

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  9. Having witnesses come forward was not the issue. Murder cases, particularly those that involve life imprisonment as a possible sentence, always take a longer time because they want to make sure everything is done by the book. It's a heavy responsibility to put someone in prison without possibility of them leaving. There was a witness, Ms. Holmes' boyfriend, who fought the killer in the apartment. He testified.

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  10. What a lazy self entitled sorry excuse for a kid.

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  11. I just watched the case on Suspicious Minds on ID. She was a beautiful woman and he is a handsome young man. Such a sad story. Money is the root of evil. This story is a testimony to that! Sergeant Michelle Woods was so right when she said to him during the interrogation "What's wrong with you?"

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