Woman pleads guilty in Hesston shooting case

Sarah T. Hopkins, 28, Newton, a former preschool parent advocate for USD 410 Lehigh-Hillsboro-Durham, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday in a firearms case related to the February shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston in which three people were killed.

Hopkins pleaded guilty to failing to report to authorities that convicted felon Cedric Ford unlawfully possessed a firearm.

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

Hopkins admitted in a plea that on Feb. 5, 2016, she redeemed an AK-47 rifle from a Newton pawn shop to give to Ford.

Investigators recovered the rifle and a handgun at Excel after Ford shot three people to death before being killed by police.

Last modified Sept. 15, 2016