An admitted killer will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A judge sentenced 41-year old Mark Hopkins to life without parole for one count of first degree murder and life on each of three shooting with intent to kill charges. He was also sentenced to 10 years each on two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm.
Chaz Fain, 18, died in February when Hopkins shot four people at the Spartan Landing apartments near Pine and Mingo. Three other people were injured.
Hopkins initially pled not guilty, but in October changed his plea to guilty on all four charges.
Before the proceedings began, Hopkins could be seen smiling, even laughing at one point with another inmate.
But his demeanor completely changed when the mother of the man he killed took the stand.
“We don’t hate him,” Fain’s father said. “We hate what he did.”
According to prosecutors, Hopkins played a game of heads and tails with a group of friends.
They said Hopkins then left and when he returned, he shot the four people who chose heads, Fain died after being shot point blank in the back of the head.
“That feeling of hopelessness, pain, watching agony, watching kids scream, you never want that to happen,” Kyle Goodknight told FOX23.
Goodknight was there the night it happened and says he does not care to know why the man he looked at as a friend, mentor and a brother opened fire that night.
“He’s going to pay for what happened to [Chaz],” he said. “He can live with his motive for the rest of his life, that’s something he’ll have to deal with for the rest of his life.”
He along with his victims and their families will deal for the rest of their lives, like Fain’s mother Libby.
“To sit on the stand, to tell Mark what I told him, that I love him, that came from the heart,” she said after the sentencing.
She had an emotional testimony that caused Hopkins’ family, and the admitted killer himself, to shed tears.
She told stories of Fain’s four and five-year-old brothers digging at his gravesite hoping to bring back the brother they lost.
“I wanted him to know what he’s done and how he affected our family.”
She closed by telling Hopkins she forgives him, loves him and then hugged his mother.
“To hug his mom, she’s a mother just like I am and I know she loves her son and I know she didn’t raise her son like that.”
Hopkins’ brother fought back tears on the stand where he alluded to an undiagnosed mental illness as a reason for the crime.
Prosecutors say when tested, doctors found Hopkins had no signs of any mental illness.