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Webster police chief reacts to Nguyen trial verdict
Rochester, N.Y. - After four hours of deliberation, jurors found Dawn Nguyen guilty of falsifying business records, a first degree charge.
She faces a maximum of four years in prison.
Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said this is the verdict they hoped for.
According to Pickering, this verdict will not bring back the fallen firefighters or heal those who were injured on Christmas Eve, but it does hold Nyugen accountable for her role in the tragedy.
Pickering says they will now wait for her trial in federal court.
The West Webster Fire Department issued the following statement:
We appreciate the time and dedication that the Monroe County DA's office has put forth in bringing this portion of the criminal charges to an end. Their continued efforts with the communication they have afforded the families has been appreciated since announcing an arrest in 2012. The judicial system has taken every detail into consideration and has sent a clear message that they will pursue charges against anyone that makes "straw purchases" in Monroe County. We respect that the jurors had to make difficult decisions during the deliberation based on the facts of the case and each one had to put their own personal feelings about the December 24, 2012 incident aside when determining the fate of Dawn Nguyen. We are relieved that they have taken every allowable legal consideration into account when determining their guilty verdict for these charges. We would hope that the potential consequences and publicity gained during these proceedings will act as a deterrent for people in the future when considering purchasing and providing a criminal access to lethal weapons.