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Webster reacts to Nguyen trial verdict

Webster, N.Y. -- It's been a year and four months since the Christmas Eve when William Spangler killed his sister, two firefighters and injured two others before taking his own life.

Tuesday, Dawn Nguyen, the woman who bought the gun he used that day, was found guilty in falsifying business records to buy the weapon that changed many lives.

"There will never be closure. There will probably a generation of members that will go through this department who will be affected by this, and it's going to be here a long time," said West Webster Fire Department Public Information Officer Al Sienkiewicz. "The two guys that we lost were good men and, quite frankly, that can't, won't be replaced, can't be replaced."

Nguyen will be facing jail time, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be justice for those closest to the crime.

"She's the one that put the weapon in his hands. She can't be held or found guilty as a co-conspirator in any of those charges. so you prosecute her in the full extent of the law, and they've been doing a good job at that to date and I hope it continues," said West Webster Fire Commissioner Tom Link. "It was hard for the families as they sat there and saw the text messages for the first time. It was hard for all the members of the fire house family as the whole thing came out in court, particularly the little messages she sent with the 'lol' behind them."

For Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering, the guilty verdict was what he hoped for, but it will never change what happened.

"We're never going to bring back our fallen firefighters, we're never going to take away the grievous injuries to the two firefighters that were fortunate to survive," said Pickering. "But again, it's an accountability of some sort. It's holding Dawn Nguyen accountable for actions that enabled William Spangler to cause additional murders."

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