Trial Set in Case Related to Hesston Shooter

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
March 18, 2016

The woman accused of giving Cedric Ford the guns he used in last month's shooting in Hesston has been scheduled for trial May 3 in Wichita.

Sarah Jo Hopkins of Newton has pleaded not guilty to transferring weapons to a prohibited person and has told investigators that she gave her former boyfriend the guns because he threatened her. Hopkins and Ford also had two children together.

Ford killed three people and injured 14 others in an attack that only ended when Ford himself was gunned down and killed by a Hesston police officer. Prosecutors say Hopkins gave Ford the AK-47-type semiautomatic rifle and .40-caliber handgun that he used in his shooting rampage that began in Newton and continued into Excel Industries in Hesston.

Hopkins is charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.