Ex-girlfriend charged with giving guns to Hesston shooter

Sarah Hopkins' booking photo in Sedgwick County.
Sarah Hopkins' booking photo in Sedgwick County.

WICHITA (KSN/KSNT) – A criminal charge filed Friday alleges a Kansas woman unlawfully transferred guns to a convicted felon who was killed Thursday in a shootout with police in Hesston.

Sarah T. Hopkins, 28, Newton, is charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. The ATF said Hopkins told investigators she had been in a relationship with Ford but moved out in July 2015. An affidavit filed in the case also alleges Hopkins knew Cedric Ford was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm when she gave him a Zastava Serbia, AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle and a Glock Model 22 40-caliber handgun.

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Cedric had the guns when he was shot and killed by police Thursday after they were called to a shooting incident at Excel Industries in Hesston.

Hopkins is not the woman who sought a protection from abuse order in February, which was served to Ford at work about 90 minutes before the first shooting began, authorities said.

If convicted, Hopkins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Hesston Police Department, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Department, the Newton Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind are prosecuting.

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