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Woman Admits to Supplying Guns in Christmas Eve Ambush

Rochester, NY (WBEN) A Rochester area woman admits she lied when she filled out forms to buy firearms which ultimately went to the man responsible for a Christmas Eve 2012 ambush.

25 year old Dawn Nguyen of Greece pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer, to 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.

“But for the actions of this defendant in illegally putting two guns into the hands of a known dangerous felon, the families of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka might have their son, father and husband still with them,” says US Attorney Bill Hochul.  “While today’s convictions cannot possibly bring these brave men back, or relieve the pain of the families and those wounded in the Christmas Eve attack, this defendant will in fact shortly receive her just punishment for all the harm she caused.”

Prosecutors say Nguyen made false statements during the purchase of a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun at Gander Mountain in Henrietta, N.Y., in order to acquire those firearms on behalf of William Spengler, Jr. The defendant gave those firearms to Spengler with the knowledge that Spengler was a convicted felon. In addition, Nguyen unlawfully possessed the firearms at a time when she was an unlawful user of marijuana. 

Nguyen will be sentenced on August 28. She faces up to ten years in prison for each of the two counts.

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