Ex-girlfriend of Kansas shooter faces federal charges

Three were killed and 14 others were hurt when Cedric Ford opened fire at Excel Industries, a lawn-care equipment factory where he was a painter.

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Sarah Jo Hopkins is accused of giving Ford the Zastava Serbia AK-47-type semi-automatic rifle. Police said Hopkins also gave Ford a Glock 22 40-caliber handgun he was carrying, KSNT reported.

Hopkins is the mother of Ford's 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, but is not the ex-girlfriend who filed a protection order that was served on Ford Thursday before the shootings, The Wichita Eagle reported.

She has been charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon, KSNT reported.

Hopkins had taken possession of the guns at one point after the couple broke up, but she told law enforcement officials that she gave the guns back to him because he threatened her. 

She was being held in Sedgwik County Jail late Friday afternoon without bond and faces up to 10 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine if convicted, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Ford was shot and killed by the town's police chief.

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