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Ex-Girlfriend Who Gave Weapons to Kansas Gunman Cedric Ford Granted Bond

Prosecutors didn't oppose Sarah Jo Hopkins' release after investigators said she told agents that Cedric Ford had threatened her.

The woman charged with giving guns to Cedric Ford, the felon who killed three people last week at a Hesston, Kansas, plant, was granted bond and was expected to be released Monday pending a hearing next month.

Sarah Jo Hopkins, 28, the mother of Ford's 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, could face 10 years in prison if she's found guilty of the single count of transferring a weapon to a convicted felon.

In a charging document filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita, investigators say Hopkins admitted having turned over a Zastava AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle and a Glock .40-caliber handgun to Ford in August, a month after she moved out of their shared home.

Prosecutors didn't oppose Hopkins' release. Investigators said in the charging affidavit that Hopkins had previously talked with police about Ford and told agents after she was arrested last week that she gave the guns to Ford because he'd threatened her.

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Ford, 38, a felon on probation with a long series of convictions in Florida, killed three people and wounded 14 others in a rampage Thursday that started after he was served with a restraining order at his workplace, Excel Industries in Hesston. He was shot and killed by police.

Hopkins isn't the woman who sought the protection order, authorities said. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 9.