posted on December 28, 2012 17:02
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection to the Webster fire and deadly shooting on Christmas Eve.
Dawn Nguyen of Rochester faces a state charge of filing a falsified business record and federal charges for knowingly making a false statement. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.
“While William Spengler escaped the criminal justice system," U.S. District Attorney William Hochul said in a press conference this afternoon," those who provided the firearms to Spengler that he used Christmas Eve to murder and wound the firefighters and a police officer will not escape the criminal justice system."
Nguyen allegedly purchased a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun from GanderMountain in Henrietta in 2010.
“All we can say at this time is in the publicly filed court documents and those describe that Ms. Nguyen intentionally and knowingly obtained the weapons with the understanding that they would go to Spengler," Hochul said.
Nguyen and her mother, Dawn Welsher, lived next door to Spengler in 2008.
“This crime specifically alleges that when Dawn Nguyen purchased the guns," Hochul said, "that they were intended for Spengler. He was the true owner; she should have said that on the form. Now, had she said that, the affidavit makes clear that the transaction would not have been complete, since in fact, Spengler could not possess the guns. The affidavit also indicates that Spengler was with Nguyen at the time of the purchase of the gun.”
Spengler served almost 18 years in state prison for killing his grandmother. He was released in 1998 on supervised parole which was in effect until 2006. As an ex-convict, Spengler wouldn’t have been legally able to obtain or own firearms.