Woman arrested for transferring gun to suspected killer of Colorado prison chief

Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:43am EDT

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(Reuters) - A 22-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday night for illegally transferring a handgun used by a white supremacist parolee linked to the shooting death of Colorado's prison chief, authorities said.

Stevie Marie Vigil of Commerce City, Colorado, was arrested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on suspicion that she legally bought the gun and transferred the handgun to Evan Ebel, a convicted felon who was not allowed to legally own firearms, bureau spokeswoman Susan Medina said in a statement.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said this week that the same gun used by Ebel in a shootout with Texas police was also used in the shooting death of Tom Clements, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Clements, 58, was gunned down when he answered the door at his Monument, Colorado, home on March 19. Police have not said if Ebel killed Clements.

Ebel, 28, who died in a gun battle with police near Decatur, Texas, last week, is also being looked at in the shooting death of a Denver pizza delivery man two days before the Clements' killing.

On Tuesday, police said they found a pizza bag and other Domino's Pizza items in the trunk of Ebel's car.

Vigil allegedly bought the firearm from a licensed dealer in a Denver suburb in early March and transferred the weapon to Ebel, Medina said.

Law enforcement sources said Ebel was a member of the 211 Crew, a white supremacist prison gang, and he served several years in prison for a variety of offenses before he was paroled in the Denver area in January.

The gun dealer has cooperated with authorities and had no knowledge of Vigil's plan for the gun, police said.

Authorities said Vigil's arrest records are sealed, so it is unclear if she had any connection to the 211 Crew.

Vigil is being held on a $25,000 bond and faces a maximum of 16 years in prison if convicted.

(Editing by Brendan O'Brien and Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (10)
COindependent wrote:
If this was a “straw man” purchases where someone purchased a gun on behalf of a convicted felon (we already have laws prohibiting possession of a firearm by a felon), then they should convict her and send her to prison for a long time. Without enforcement gun laws are ineffective.

So much for the new gun laws in Colorado keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. I am glad our legislators now feel better, but there is nothing in the new laws that would have prevented this transfer. Again, our politicians crack down on law abiding citizens while the criminals get all the protections of due process.

Perhaps this woman, if guilty, should be subject to the death penalty since a murder (and possibly a second murder) was committed with this weapon.

Mar 28, 2013 1:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
forzapista wrote:
Once again, another “law abiding” gun owner.

Mar 28, 2013 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nullcorp wrote:
“So much for the new gun laws in Colorado keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.”

First, the laws were just passed, and second of all, not everyone intent on committing murder has a friend standing around who’s willing to become their accomplice.

“I am glad our legislators now feel better, but there is nothing in the new laws that would have prevented this transfer.”

This is true however, but see above. Just because a law has a loophole doesn’t mean that it’s completely ineffective and pointless.

“Perhaps this woman, if guilty, should be subject to the death penalty since a murder (and possibly a second murder) was committed with this weapon.”

Would you volunteer to perform the injection yourself, or are you only comfortable sitting back and judging from a distance? An eye for an eye…

Mar 28, 2013 2:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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