USD 410 fires staff advocate

Sarah HopkinsThe Unified School District 410 Board of Edu?cation voted Monday to terminate the employment of Sarah J. Hop?kins as a preschool family advocate.

Hopkins began her employment with the district in August 2015.

Criminal charges were filed Friday alleging that Hopkins unlawfully transferred guns to a convicted felon who killed three people and wounded 14 others before he was killed Thurs?day in a shootout with police in Hesston.

Federal judges released Hopkins Monday on an unsecured bond. Her next court date is March 9.

The U.S. Attorney?s Office said the 28-year-old Hopkins knew Cedric Ford was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a fire?arm when she gave him a Zastava Serbia, an AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle, and a Glock Model 22 40-caliber handgun.

According to court documents, Hopkins said she gave the weapons to Ford last summer because he threatened her.

Cedric had the guns when he was shot and killed by police Thursday after they were called to a shooting incident at Excel Industries.

If convicted, Hopkins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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