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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Kansas

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Barry Grissom
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jim Cross, Public Affairs

Newton Woman Charged with Providing Firearms to Convicted Felon

Sarah J. Hopkins, 28, Newton, Kan. was charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. The crime is alleged to have occurred on July 30, 2015 in Harvey County, Kan.

Hopkins initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Feb. 26 alleging she gave firearms to Cedric Ford, who she knew was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was a convicted felon. Ford had the guns when he was shot and killed by police last month after they were called to a shooting incident at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan.

If convicted, Hopkins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Hesston Police Department, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Department, the Newton Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind are prosecuting.


Kansas City Field Division