Woman who gave Hesston mass shooter guns gets probation

Sarah Jo Hopkins

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman who gave her ex-boyfriend the guns he used in February’s mass shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory has been ordered to spend a year on supervised release.

A federal judge in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday also credited Sarah Hopkins for time she’s already served in jail. Prosecutors had agreed not to oppose Hopkins’ probation request.

Hopkins pleaded guilty to not alerting authorities that a convicted felon unlawfully possessed firearms.

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

Hopkins’ attorney says she suffered from PTSD and battered woman’s syndrome at the time.

 

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