Rochester, N.Y.- A Greece woman accused of supplying the guns used in the deadly Christmas Eve ambush in Webster was indicted by a federal grand jury.
Dawn Nguyen, 24, is charged with knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of firearms; selling and disposing of firearms to William Spengler, 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 led to the deaths of Webster Police Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, and seriously injured Firefighters Ted Scardino and Joe Hostetter.
If convicted on all three charges, Nguyen could face 30 years in prison.
The indictment alleges that on June 6, 2010, Nguyen made false statements during the purchase of a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun from Gander Mountain in Henrietta, in order to acquire the firearms on behalf of William Spengler, Jr.
The indictment further alleges that the defendant gave the firearms to Spengler with the knowledge that he was a convicted felon. The indictment also alleges that Nguyen herself unlawfully possessed the firearms at a time when she was an unlawful user of marijuana.
In a statement Thursday U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, “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.”