Woman who gave Hesston shooter guns sentenced to supervised released

Cedric Ford (Courtesy: Facebook)
Cedric Ford (Courtesy: Facebook)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced Sarah Hopkins to one year of supervised release for her role in the shooting at the Excel plant in Hesston.

Hopkins gave her ex-boyfriend guns he used in February’s mass shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory.

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.