Day four of testimony in Dawn Nguyen trial

Updated: 04/10/2014 5:12 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 10:00 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A sheriff's deputy, who is a friend of the woman accused of buying the guns used in the West Webster tragedy, took the stand in her trial Thursday.

Dawn Nguyen is accused of buying the guns for the suspect, William Spengler.

Police say Spengler fired upon four West Webster firefighters who responded to reports of a car fire on Lake Road back on Christmas Eve morning 2012. Two of the firefighters, Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, were killed.

This afternoon, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy took the stand. He says Nguyen told him she bought guns for William Spengler, a convicted felon.

Deputy Vincent Petralis has been with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. The night of the Christmas Eve ambush, Petralias said he was at work at the county jail when he received text messages from his friend Dawn Nguyen asking for information about the shootings. Police had just been at Nguyen's home in Greece.

Here's how the conversation unfolded:

A text from Nguyen's phone said, “They came to talk to me.” Deputy Petralis texted back, “About the guy?” On the stand today he said he was referring to the gunman, William Spengler.

A reply from Nguyen's phone read, “Yeah and the guns that were purchased to kill those people were by me.” Petralis then texts, “You sold him the guns?” The next reply reads, “No LOL.”

After that, Deputy Petralis told Nguyen not to text him anymore and to call him at the jail. He testified that he asked her a series of questions about how many guns she bought for William Spengler and where and when. On the stand, Petralis said Nguyen told him over the phone she bought Spengler two guns at Gander Mountain and it was about two years before the shootings.

Deputy Petralis says he gave that information right to police and state troopers were at his house the next day, taking statements and looking at the text conversation.

Testimony resumes in the trial Friday morning.

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