Fall Creek man sentenced to eight years for being felon with firearm


MADISON, WIS. (WKBT) — A 41-year-old, Fall Creek, Wis., man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Thursday for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with his arrest while driving a stolen car in Eau Claire, Wis., in November.
Roy Hopp, who pleaded guilty to the charge on June 1, 2021, also must undergo three years of supervised release.
Police arrested Hopp driving a stolen car in Eau Claire on Nov. 20. While searching Hopp, officers found a stolen .380 caliber pistol in his pocket. Hopp pleaded guilty to a state burglary charge related to theft of the gun.
At sentencing, U.S. District Judge William Conley indicated that he imposed a long sentence on Hopp because of the severity of the offense and his persistent criminal history, which includes convictions for burglary, theft, drug offenses, and sexual assault.
Hopp is a danger to the community, said Conley, who also recommended that he receive mental health and substance abuse treatment.
The charge against Hopp was the result of an investigation conducted by the Eau Claire Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.