Judge weighs sentence for woman who gave mass shooter guns

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge will decide whether a woman who gave her ex-boyfriend guns he used in February’s mass shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory should spend any time in prison.

The sentencing hearing for Sarah Hopkins is Monday in federal court in Wichita. She has pleaded guilty to not alerting authorities that a convicted felon unlawfully possessed firearms.

Her defense attorney has contended she suffered from PTSD and battered woman’s syndrome at the time of the offenses.

Prosecutors say Hopkins gave a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun to Cedric Ford, who used those weapons Feb. 25 in a shooting at the Excel Industries plant in Hesston that killed three people and wounded 14. Ford was killed by police.

Prosecutors have agreed not to oppose her request for probation.

 

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