Woman charged with providing guns to shooter

HESSTON, Kan. – A woman has been charged with providing guns to the man who killed three people and injured several others at a factory in Kansas.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday that 28-year-old Sarah T. Hopkins is charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.

An affidavit says the Newton woman gave Cedric Ford two guns: a Zastava Serbia, which is an AK-47-type semi-automatic rifle, and a Glock Model 22 40-caliber handgun.

Prosecutors say Hopkins knew Ford wasn’t allowed to have a firearm because he was a convicted felon.

Police fatally shot Ford during the shooting at Excel Industries in nearby Hesston on Thursday.

Hopkins is in custody. She’s expected to make a first court appearance Monday.

A phone call to a number listed for her was not answered. Court records do not indicate Hopkins has an attorney.

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