Woman pleads guilty to concealing gun crime prior to Hesston shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Newton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to concealing from authorities that a convicted felon unlawfully possessed firearms that he later used in a shooting incident at Excel Industries.

Sarah T. Hopkins, 28, Newton, pleaded guilty to failing to report to authorities that convicted felon Cedric Ford unlawfully possessed a firearm.

In her plea, Hopkins admitted that on Feb. 5, 2016, she redeemed an AK-47 rifle from a pawn shop in Newton and gave it to Ford. On Feb 25, 2016, investigators recovered the rifle and a handgun at Excel Industries in Newton where Ford shot three people to death before being killed in a shootout with police.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 28. Hopkins faces up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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