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Text messages link woman to guns
Rochester, N.Y. Text messages took center stage Thursday in the continuing proceedings of the trial of Dawn Nguyen, who, according to prosecutors, bought the guns William Spengler used in the Christmas Eve ambush that killed Spenglers sister and two West Webster firefighters.
Vincent Petralis, a deputy at the Monroe County Jail, received multiple text messages from Nguyen after the Christmas Eve ambush.
Below are excerpts of that conversation:
Nguyen: They located a shooter find out who
Petralis: Im trying
Nguyen: the shooter is deadhe was my neighbor so crazy
Prosecutors said that other texts link Nguyen to the shooter and his weapons.
Nguyen: the guns that were purchased to kill those people were by me.
Petralis: you sold him the guns?
Nguyen: NO, LOL
Petralis: dont text me anymore, call me
Nguyen is not accused of selling the guns. Police said she falsified documents to purchase the guns using money given to her by Spengler, who was a convicted felon.
After he asked her to stop the texts, Petralis testified that Nguyen later called him on the job at the jail.
I thought maybe there was some kind of misunderstanding, Petralis testified. I asked her how many guns, she said two. I asked her where, she said Gander Mountain, approximately two years ago.