Town of Greece Woman Charged By Feds In Connection To Webster Shootings
December 28, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul is reporting that Dawn Nguyen, 24, of the Monroe County Town of Greece, has been charged with knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of two firearms used in the Christmas Eve shooting that resulted in the deaths of Webster Police Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka, and seriously injured Firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hostetter.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the charges carry a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.
Assistant U.S. Bret A. Puscheck, who will handle the prosecution of the case, stated that the allegations are that Nguyen purchased a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun from Gander Mountain in Henrietta, New York on June 6, 2010. Officials say that the guns were acquired on behalf of William Spengler, Jr., who took his own life after shooting the lieutenant and the three firefighters who were first responders to a reported fire on Lake Road in Webster.
In addition to the federal charges, the New York State Police arrested Dawn Nguyen on one count of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree, an E Felony. The arrest is for her involvement in facilitating the purchase of a gun to William Spengler. It is alleged that Nguyen knowingly made a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm. Nguyen was processed at the State Police in Rochester and given an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Henrietta Court on January 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM.
Webster Police, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, BATF Agents, State Police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.