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Triggerman in Jasper Co. murder-for-hire scheme sentenced to life in prison

Rohaime "Killa" Hopkins (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office) Rohaime "Killa" Hopkins (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office)
RIDGELAND, SC (WTOC) -

The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office says a former convict and triggerman in a Jasper County murder-for-hire scheme was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for shooting and killing Terrance Johnson in 2014. 

Officials say 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. 

Johnson was shot five times around 9 p.m. the night of Nov. 13, 2014, while in a vehicle on Knowles Island Road, according to Career Criminal Team Prosecutor and Assistant Solicitor, Mary Jones. Officials say Jones told the jury Hopkins was hired by a well-known area drug dealer to shoot and kill Johnson because Johnson had "snitched" and owed the man money. 

In a release, the Solicitor's Office quoted Jones as saying, '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.'

Officials say 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. 

In the release, Jones is also quoted as saying, 'Rohaime Hopkins is an extremely dangerous man who deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars. 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. 

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