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(HESSTON, Kansas) — A woman has been charged with providing guns to the Kansas shooter who killed three people and injured 14 more in a rampage Thursday at his workplace and two other locations, officials said.

Sarah Hopkins, 28, of Newton, is accused of giving Cedric Larry Ford the guns used in the shooting, according to a release Friday from the office of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas.

A criminal charge filed Friday alleges Hopkins gave Ford an AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle and a Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Hopkins was charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.

An affidavit filed in the case alleges that Hopkins knew Ford was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Ford had arrest records in Florida and Kansas but it was not clear which charge the government was referring to.

Hopkins had previously lived with Ford in Newton and had been in a relationship with him, according to the criminal complaint. She moved out of the home in July 2015 and had returned with police officers the next month to retrieve the guns, which she purchased.

Hopkins told police that she returned the guns, which she purchased at a pawn shop in Newton, to Ford that same month because he had threatened her, according to the complaint.

Ford had the guns on him when he was shot and killed by police in a standoff, the release says.

If convicted, Hopkins could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

Hopkins has not yet entered a plea. It is unclear if she has obtained a lawyer.

ABC News could not immediately reach Hopkins for comment.

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