"Forty years in prison will either cause you to die in prison, or you will be so old you will be harmless at that time you are released. I think society will be adequately protected."
The February 2006 attack on the two model-home attendants in a subdivision near Springboro led to Hopper's arrest in nine attacks since 1992 in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
He pawned two rings he took from one of the women at a Northern Kentucky pawnshop. Hopper was videotaped on security camera. He gave his name, address and Social Security number.
Police charged him in nine attacks on women, many of them store clerks working alone. DNA evidence linked the attacks to Hopper in five cases, authorities said.
That woman decided at Hopper's sentencing that she didn't want to be known as his victim anymore.
"After today, I want to be referred to as the woman who brought the blue-eyed rapist to justice. He has taken enough from me. I was just doing my job that day, and since then, my life has been turned upside down."
In the Warren County attack, prosecutors said Hopper walked into the model home in the Greycliff subdivision with a silver-colored handgun and demanded the women's purses and jewelry.
He forced them into the basement, removed their clothing, sexually assaulted one of them and made the women have sex. He bound and gagged them and barricaded them in the basement, leaving with their clothes and an ATM card.
They squeezed through a basement window and ran naked to a neighbor's house for help.
Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said about the attacks that "This is about as horrible a crime as you can commit without murdering somebody." His latest 40 year sentence will be added to a 34 year sentence for federal gun charges and state charges related to his Kentucky attacks. The first 32 years of his sentence will be spent at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, KY (FMC Lexington). Hopper faces more charges in Ohio and Indiana.
(Update 1-27-10) A week ago, on January 19, Hopper was sentenced by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Pat Sheeran to serve another 23 years in the rape of a suburban Cincinnati GNC clerk which occurred on November 28, 2003. The victim, who attended his sentencing January 19, 2010, said that "I'm the one who has control now. I'm the one with all the freedom while you sit in jail."
Ohio prison sentences are served without chance of parole, and Hopper faces additional trials in Hamilton County, OH and Indiana.
(Update 1-17-11) Last month on December 14, 2010, Hopper was sentenced to 70 additional years imprisonment for the rape of a woman at a shoe store in 2004. The rape occured in Aurora, IN , and Hopper's guilty plea and sentence were handed down in Dearborn County (IN), with Judge James Humphrey presiding. Hopper's official charges he plead guilty to were criminal deviate conduct with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, and criminal confinement with a deadly weapon.
The criminal deviate conduct with a deadly weapon netted Hopper 50 years, and the robbery and criminal confinement counts added 20 more years to Hopper's sentence.