Woman charged with providing guns in Webster shooting arraigned in federal court
The woman accused of illegally providing guns used in the fatal Christmas Eve shooting in West Webster appeared in federal court this morning. YNN's Cristina Domingues reports.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The woman accused of illegally providing guns used in the fatal Christmas Eve shooting pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday morning.
Dawn Nguyen, 24, pleaded not guilty to a three count federal indictment that, if convicted on, could send her to prison for decades.
Nguyen is accused of knowingly making false statements in connection with the purchase of the firearms, then selling them to William Spengler, who used those weapons to fatally shoot West Webster firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.
Nguyen is also being charged with possession of a firearm, while being an unlawful user of marijuana.
Prosecutors say Nguyen bought a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun at Gander Mountain in June of 2010. They say she bought the guns for William Spengler, knowing he was a convicted felon.
Prosecutors say Nguyen told New York State Police investigators that she bought the guns that were later stolen.
"She definitely bought the guns. Without a doubt she bought the guns," Nguyen's attorney, Matthew Parrinello said. "But the question going forward there is are they going to be able to prove their case, beyond a reasonable doubt. Did it happen the way the public thinks it happened? It did not, definitely. What they've accused her of she's not guilty of."
Members of the West Webster and Webster Fire Departments came to Nguyen's arraignment to show their support.
"It's our intent to let the defense know that we're going to see to it that this doesn't go under the radar," said Tom Link, West Webster Fire District Commissioner. "We're going to be there every step of the way, through the whole court hearing. We just had a brief meeting with the U.S District Court representatives and we're looking forward to seeing this prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We've got all the faith in the U.S. District Court to do just that."
Parrinello said he does not believe his client will get a fair trial in this community. Nguyen remains out of jail on bail and is expected to be back in court May 23rd.