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Woman’s trial in fire-gun case delayed to April

A trial has been delayed until next year for the woman accused of buying the guns a convicted felon used to shoot and kill firefighters during a Christmas Eve ambush in Webster last year.

Dawn Nguyen

Dawn Nguyen

Dawn Nguyen’s trial is now scheduled for April, said David Marion, a spokesman for the Monroe County district attorney’s office. Jury selection had been set to begin Tuesday.

Local media reports defense attorney John Parrinello requested the delay because he was concerned an adjournment during Thanksgiving week could compromise the trial. The next available spot on the judge’s calendar is April.

Nguyen is charged with falsifying a business record. Prosecutors say she lied on a gun purchase form in 2010. They say she claimed a semi-automatic rifle and 12-gauge shotgun she bought were for her when they were really for ex-convict William Spengler Jr. She has denied the charges.

Nguyen faces similar charges in federal court.

Police said Spengler used the guns to kill firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, and wound Joseph Hofstetter and Ted Scardino early on the morning of Dec. 24. Spengler killed himself during a shootout with police.

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