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Gets Life Terms
Hopkins Pleads Guilty To Killing a Man And
To Wounding Others Writes of His Drug and Alcohol Use

 

By THOMAS E. SEWARD
Special to the Chronicle

 

TULSA—The man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and wounding thre others was sentenced to three life terms.
He told officials he had used drugs and done heavy drinking before the crimes.
Mark Anthony Hopkins, 42, pleaded guilty in October to first-degree murder for last year’s Feb. 21 fatal shooting of Chaz Fain, 18, a Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology student from Florida.
Mr. Hopkins pleaded guilty to three counts of shooting with intent to kill, linked to the wounding of three other Spartan College students who survived.
Mr. Hopkins pleaded guilty to two felony counts of pointing a gun at two others.
Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo sentenced Mr. Hopkins to life without the possibility of parole—the stiffest punishment—for murder.
The judge imposed three other life terms with parole possible for the shooting counts.
Mr. Hopkins got two 10-year terms for the gun-pointing offenses.
He will serve three consecutive life prison terms.
Mr. Hopkins, an Alabama resident, also attended Spartan College in Tulsa.
Following his arrest, Mr. Hopkins was evaluated by a court-appointed psychologist and was found to be competent to stand trial.
The shooting occurred at the Landing apartment complex in the 1200 block of N. 89th East Avenue, south of the school, police said.
According to a state corrections department report,bMr. Hopkins wrote that, “due to heavy drinking and drug use, I do not remember anything that happened that night. Meth was the drug I used.”
A psychologist who evaluated Mr. Hopkins for mental competency said he thought Mr. Hopkins was likely feigning symptoms of mental illness, according court records.

 

 

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