Triggerman in 2014 Jasper slaying sentenced to life
A former convict and triggerman in a Jasper County murder-for-hire scheme was convicted Wednesday of shooting and killing Terrance Johnson in 2014, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
A jury took less than 45 minutes to find 37-year-old Rohaime “Killa” Hopkins guilty of murder following a three-day trial at the Jasper County Courthouse in Ridgeland.
Hopkins was sentenced to life in prison.
At about 9 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2014, Johnson was shot five times while in a vehicle on Knowles Island Road, according to Career Criminal Team prosecutor and Assistant Solicitor Mary Jones.
Jones told the jury that Hopkins was hired by a well-known area drug dealer to shoot and kill Johnson because Johnson had “snitched” and owed the man money.
“The defendant coerced the victim to a rural area of the county, and when he got the victim alone, the defendant shot him five times while sitting in a car,” Jones said.
Hopkins has been in and out of prison since 1996 on charges that include assault and battery with intent to kill and federal weapons violations, according to a news release.
“Rohaime Hopkins is an extremely dangerous man who deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars,” Jones said. “There is no doubt that Jasper County is a safer place with this man off the streets.”
Circuit Court Judge Perry Buckner handed down the sentence.