Lawyer: Dawn Nguyen 'Not the Bad Guy' in Christmas Eve Ambush

1:03 AM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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TINA YEE / staff photographer Dawn Nguyen heads in and out of federal court with her attorney, Matthew Parrinello in Rochester on Jan. 29.

By Justin Murphy, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Staff writer  

Dawn Nguyen's federal case involving charges that she lied on a gun application has been pushed back to April in order to give her lawyer more time to review statements she and her family made to authorities after the Christmas Eve ambush in Webster.

Dawn Nguyen, 24, faces state and federal charges for lying on a gun application in 2010 when she bought two guns at Gander Mountain in Henrietta. She said they were for her own use, but authorities allege she bought them for William Spengler Jr., a convicted felon who killed two West Webster firefighters and injured two others Dec. 24, 2012.

Nguyen's attorney, Matthew Parrinello, said Tuesday he has not yet received all the government's recordings and transcripts of comments Nguyen and her family made to authorities after the shooting. In particular, Parrinello is waiting for records of text messages Nguyen sent to an acquaintance with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in which she allegedly admitted buying the guns for Spengler.

A new court date is scheduled for April 1. The prosecution could opt to proceed with a grand jury investigation in the meantime, or the two sides could enter into plea negotiations.

Outside the courtroom, Parrinello said Nguyen has been "having a rough time" with the publicity surrounding her case.

"People are pointing and talking and acting as though she caused the deaths," he said. "She's not the bad guy. She didn't cause any deaths."

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