Warner Robins man sentenced to life without parole

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Warner Robins man will spend the rest of his life in jail after a jury found him guilty of multiple crimes.

Jonas Hopkins, 33, was charged and found guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, and armed robbery of a Houston County  woman just two days before Christmas back in 2014.

“There is no place in Houston County for criminals like him. The hard work of the Houston County Sheriff’s Department was crucial to getting this dangerous defendant off the street,” said Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig.

Just a day before Christmas Eve, Hopkins was lying behind the victim’s house waiting for her to get home. When she did, he jumped out, put a knife to her neck, and dragged her behind the home forcing her inside.

He stole jewelry, computers, and a camera, and even made her drive him around the area  so he could hide the items he’d stolen.

“This was a horribly violent crime that could have turned even worse. The victim was forever emotionally traumatized by Hopkins’ ruthless terrorization of her,” said Deputy Chief Assistant D.A Dan Bibler.

The woman was able to get away and call 911. Hopkins was found hiding in an abandoned shed and taken into custody that same day.

“We will continue to work hard to keep the citizens of Houston County safe by aggressively prosecuting anyone who violates an innocent victim,” said Hartwig.

Chief Superior Court Judge Edward Lukemire sentenced Hopkins to life without the possibility of parole on both kidnapping and armed robbery convictions.

Hopkins will also serve an extra ten years for the burglary conviction because of a prior rape conviction in Bibb County. The court sentenced him as a repeat offender and gave him the maximum time.