Dawn Nguyen returns to court on federal charges in connection with West Webster tragedy

Updated: 05/23/2014 7:11 PM
Created: 05/23/2014 5:40 AM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

There are new developments with Dawn Nguyen, the only person charged in connection with the West Webster tragedy.

She has already been sentenced in state court to up to four years in prison but today she was in federal court. She could spend up to 30 years more in prison if found guilty of lying on a form to buy guns and giving them to a convicted felon.

Today she was planning to avoid a second trial by pleading guilty on related federal charges but at the last minute, her attorney, John Parrinello, asked prosecutors in court to consider an internal policy that gives them discretion to dismiss the indictment if they feel the same issues were already satisfied in the earlier trial.

The government says it has no intention of dismissing anything. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Noto said, “We're very disappointed the case was not resolved. The victims in this case deserve closure of this last piece."

Parrinello says he’s simply trying to preserve his client’s rights while also doing what he can to prevent her from serving additional prison time. The federal charges can bring a maximum of 10 years for each of the three counts. Nguyen has already been sentenced to up to four years after being convicted by a jury last month in state court. Parrinello said, “What more is there to do to Dawn? What more? What does it serve to come over here to enter a plea and to risk a consecutive sentence? It doesn't do any more. She's been punished enough."

Injured firefighter Ted Scardino was in court expecting to hear Nyguen plead guilty. He left without talking to reporters.

The judge gave both sides a few weeks to work through the issue.

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