|Yolanda Holmes with son Qawmane Wilson|
(2010) (from her Facebook page)
Qawmane Wilson, now age 30, was sentenced today to 99 years in prison for first-degree murder.
His friend, Eugene Spencer, now 28, who entered Yolanda Holmes's apartment and shot and stabbed her, received a sentence of 100 years.
Both men were found guilty of first-degree murder in March 2019.
On Labor Day weekend 2012, Uptown awoke to the news that Ms. Holmes had been killed in her home by an intruder. She was a community mainstay, the owner of Nappy Headz salon in Buena Park, and had been photographed with Mayor Daley and Ald. Shiller at the opening of Target in 2010.
She was known for doting on her only child, Qawmane, sending him to private school and having him hang out in the salon with her during business hours. After his mother's death, Qawmane attended the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton and told media in an interview that he, too, had lost someone he loved to violence, so he felt he needed to be there to support Hadiya's family.
On Christmas Eve 2013, Qawmane Wilson and his friend Eugene Spencer were arrested and charged with the murder of Yolanda Holmes. Spencer was driven to Uptown by Loriana Johnson, who waited outside. According to news reports, Qawmane Wilson spoke on the phone with Eugene Spencer as he entered the building, giving him instructions on how to proceed to kill his mother.
The motive? To get access to Yolanda Holmes's two life insurance policies and her bank account, in order to jump-start Qawmane's career as an aspiring rapper, "Young QC." The woman who had given her son everything during her lifetime was killed so that he could get even more.
Justice has been a long time coming: it's been more than eight years since Ms. Holmes was killed, and more than seven years since the arrests were made.
Justice was finally served today.