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Greece woman indicted for supplying guns

Dawn Nguyen, 24, of Greece, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting in Webster that left two first responders dead.

Nguyen is named in a three-count indictment charging her with knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of firearms; selling and disposing of firearms to William Spengler Jr., a known felon; and possession of firearms while being an unlawful user of marijuana.

The indictment involves firearms that were used in the Christmas Eve shooting that resulted in the deaths of Webster Police Lt. Michael Chiapperini and firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, and seriously injured firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hostetter. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bret A. Puscheck, Nguyen made false statement on June 6, 2010, when purchasing a semi-automatic rifle and a 12-guage shotgun from Gander Mountain in Henrietta, to acquire the firearms for Spengler. The indictment further alleges Nguyen knew Spengler was a convicted felon when she gave him the firearms.

“While there is no allegation that this defendant was aware that William Spengler would kill two first responders and seriously injure two others, the fact remains that the defendant stands accused of providing the guns that Spengler used for these purposes,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. “Given the serious nature of these charges, our office will push to prosecute this defendant as expeditiously as possible. This case should serve as a warning to any individual who attempts to facilitate the actions of a criminal that you too will be vigorously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Webster Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gerald Pickering; the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Joseph Anarumo; state police under the direction of Maj. Mark Koss, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.