24 year old Dawn Nguyen 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.
Prosecutors say Nguyen made false statements during the purchase of a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun from Gander Mountain in Henrietta, N.Y., in order to acquire the firearms on behalf of William Spengler, Jr. The indictment further alleges that the defendant gave the firearms to William 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.
“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 Hochul. “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.”