A federal grand jury has indicted Sarah Hopkins on a charge of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon — namely Cedric Ford, who used the gun allegedly given by Hopkins in a mass shooting in Hesston last week that killed three people and wounded 14.
If convicted, Hopkins, 28, faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement. She is the mother of Ford’s 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, according to court records obtained by The Eagle
Hopkins initially was charged Feb. 26 with a criminal complaint accusing her of giving firearms to Ford, who she knew was a convicted felon and thus was prohibited from possessing firearms. The alleged crime for which she was indicted occurred on July 30, 2015, in Harvey County.
Ford had a Zastava Serbia, AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle and a Glock Model 22 40-caliber handgun, when he was shot and killed Feb. 25 as law enforcement officers responded to a shooting spree that began in Newton and culminated at Excel Industries in Hesston. Hopkins was accused of providing both guns to Ford.
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An arraignment date on the indictment against Hopkins has not yet been set.