WICHITA, Kan. — A 28-year-old 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 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 Hesston 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.