Dawn Nguyen, the 25 year old Greece, NY woman charged in connection with the Christmas Eve ambush of four West Webster, NY firefighters, pleaded not guilty in Henrietta, NY Town court.
Nguyen is accused of lying when purchasing a shotgun, and the AR-15 rifle that William Spengler used to shoot West Webster, NY firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka, Mike Chiapperini, Joseph Hofsetter, and Theodore Scardino.
Kaczowka and Chapperini died on the scene.
Hofsetter and Scardino suffered serious injuries.
Authorities say that Nguyen and Spengler went to Gander Mountain Sports in Henrietta, NY on June 6, 2010, and that Nguyen purchased the Bushmaster and a shotgun for Spengler, but lied in forms, saying the firearms were for her.
As an ex-con who served 18 years in prison for killing his 92 year old grandmother by bashing her head in with a hammer, Spengler was not allowed to possess firearms.
Nguyen and her mother were neighbors of Spengler in 2008.
The Henrietta, NY charges come as a result of Nguyen filing the false papers at the Henrietta sports store.
Nguyen's case was waived to a grand jury.
If convicted, Nguyen faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.
In addition to the state charges, Nguyen, who was originally arrested by New York State
police on December 28th, also faces federal charges.
At the arraignment for the federal charges, immediately after her arrest, Nguyen was released without having to post any bail.
At the arraignment for the state charges, Nguyen once again walked out without having to post any bail.
Despite the seriousness of the charges Nguyen is facing, and the nature of the crimes committed where two innocent men lost their lives with a firearm Nguyen purchased for an ex-con who intentionally set a fire then waited for the firefighters to arrive, ambushing them, the fact that two separate judges have allowed this woman to walk in and out of court without having to post any bail, is disgusting.
These judges have done for Dawn Nguyen, what is never done for an African-American or Latino defendant.
Had Dawn Nguyen been Black of Latina, best believe not only would she have had to post bail, but the bail would have been so high, she'd still be sitting in jail.
Click Play to watch as I ask Nguyen's lawyer, Matthew Parrinello, for comment as to why his client didn't have to post bail.
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