Prosecution rests in trial of Greece woman linked to West Webster tragedy

Updated: 04/11/2014 7:38 PM
Created: 04/11/2014 12:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It has been a long, tough few days for the loved one of the West Webster firefighters killed in the Christmas Even ambush.

All week long prosecutors have made their case that the woman accused of buying the guns used to shoot those firefighters bought them knowing the suspect was a felon.

Friday, the prosecution rested its case in the trial of Dawn Nguyen. Now the case is in the hands of the defense.

The defense isn’t required to call any witnesses but in court today, defense attorneys say they have three people on stand-by.

From the beginning and through today, prosecutors have been trying to prove to the jury Dawn Nguyen bought the guns for William Spengler and knew he was a felon.

A key witness for the prosecution was Nichole Stringer, a former friend. She testified that in 2010, Nguyen came to her house and said she had just been at Gander Mountain in Henrietta buying her neighbor, William Spengler, a gun.

Stringer also told the jury Nguyen knew Spengler was a convicted felon and she asked Nguyen if she was crazy for buying the guns. Stringer said Nguyen told her not to worry and that she got paid $1,000 to do it.

We spoke with a legal expert about the case and options for Nguyen's defense team. Click play below to hear what he had to say.

Another piece of evidence are the text messages from Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Vincent Petralis. He said Nguyen texted him the night of ambush. While he was working at the county jail he said Nguyen sent him a message that the police had just been at her Greece home.

A text from Nguyen's phone said, “They came to talk to me.” Deputy Petralis texted back, “About the guy?” On the stand Thursday 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.”

Petralis says he spoke with Nguyen on the phone while at the jail and during that conversation Petralis told the jury Nguyen said she bought Spenlger two guns at Gander Mountain. The jury also heard from ATF agents and a Gander Mountain employee who says he sold Nguyen the guns.

Right now, it’s unknown if Nguyen will take the stand in her own defense next week.

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