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US Attorney Bill Hochul on Arrest of Woman in Connection with Webster Shooting

Dec 28, 2012|

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Thank you for coming. Let me start by having people here at the podium. Give their names and fire department or police agency as well leisure titles. I'm William hopeful the US attorney and I started my far right chief. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Joseph. They. Especially in Georgia -- Explosives Nielsen. -- sure of the current power strip appreciate it. Definitely got an industry. Got hurt her bedroom here that we. These -- you. Your thoughts. Williams and born here in the conscious. -- -- Thank you. As all know early Christmas Eve morning five days ago. West Webster are volatile. Waiters left their beds left their homes left their station. In order to respond. To a fire which was ongoing on lake road in Webster. Once firefighters -- -- -- they were met by one of William Spain -- A convicted felon who had been released from new York state prison for manslaughter. Involving the killing. Of his grandmother. Mr. spangler was armed with three weapons. And he proceeded to murder. Two Webster volunteer firefighters. Might chip Reid -- who was also a Webster police lieutenant. And also told was. Cut short and could. Could shoot cop. With a wet west Webster volunteer firefighter. Spangler also wounded two other firefighters. -- hip hop Stadler. And Theodore start Dino. As they arrived to fight the fire. As is also already been reported. William Spain colors body was found that same day. Spangler had killed himself with they self inflicted gunshot. Located next to Spain lower worth three firearms. To all of which. War of bushmaster. Two tomb three rifle. And Hamas for twelve gauge shotgun. Today we are all here to one now with the arrest. And the filing a formal charges. Against the person who purchased. That rifle and it shotgun found next to Williams spangler. Specifically. We have today arrested. Dawn win it and GUYENH. 24. Who used to be the neighbor of spangler. On lake road in Webster. The precise charge against dawn win. Has to do with lying. During her purchase. Of these two weapons. According to the public -- filed complaint. Dawn wind to hold the -- of these guns gander mountain located in Henrietta New York. Did she was to be the true owner and buyer of the guns. Instead of Williams spangler. It is absolutely. Against federal law to provide any materially. False information. Relating to the acquisition. Of firearms. Providing your own name when buying a firearm instead of the true owners name. Is sometimes referred to is acting as a straw purchaser. And that is exactly what today's complaint alleges. You see William spangler as a convicted felon could not legally own. Acquire. Purchase. Any firearms. Whatsoever. Congress specifically. Passed a law. Requiring people to provide the true owner. To precisely stop what spangler in -- did this past Christmas Eve. Now let me say that this investigation. Is continuing. Two important. Next all need to be mentioned before I turn this over to the special agent in charge of the Tia. First. All of us that you see here stand shoulder to shoulder. And will continue to pursue. Any and all leads as to precisely. Who. And how all these firearms came into the possession. Of Williams spangler. Secondly and perhaps most importantly. All of our thoughts and all of our prayers. Continue to call to our fallen officers and their families and friends. They were specifically targeted murder and wounded. Because they were rushing to help others. And while William spangler. May have escaped the criminal justice system. Both who provided the firearms to spangler. Day he used on Christmas Eve. Some murder and wound up firefighters. And the police officer. Will not escape criminal justice system. I need to specifically. Thank. All of the hard work and dedication. Of the Webster. West Webster volunteer. Firefighters. The Webster police department. The Monroe county sheriff's. The New York State Police. The district attorney's office here in Monroe County. And of course the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Led by special agent in charge shows and a Romo. Also this case will be handled. By the attorney in charge of the US attorney's Rochester branch. And that's Brett who -- Jack. Who is in court with miss new wind. And her attorney as we speak. With that I will turn it over to the special agent in church to be followed by other comments and then certainly your questions. Think. Thank you bill. First off I would like to thank the United States returning. -- chief of police Monroe County district attorney general had a sheriff. West hoops of fire department New York State Police. For allowing us allowing us to partner. With them in this investigation. In light of the tragic events that occurred on Christmas Eve. I would like to express my condolences. To the families of those affected in the community of Webster and Monroe County. ATF is the federal agency that focuses on violent crime and illegal use -- possession of firearms by criminals. This includes talk during those who would unlawfully purchase firearms for criminals. This is known as destroy approaches. When a non prohibited person buys a firearm and they gives it to prohibited person. And in some cases a person with serious from the history. Known as the straw purchase. As today's arrest and complaint alleged. Stroke purchased on win was responsible for purchasing firearms. Used in the ambush of our fellow first responders. -- public service. For that to be held accountable. ATF for the part of won't force and agencies will continue to work. Together system they leave before firearms. These events have only strengthen our resolve. To work together to combat the scourge. Of gun violence that is plaguing so many Americans today. Good afternoon everyone and again thank you for being here. And before I start I would really like to commend this community for the outpour of support that you've shown during the past few days it's truly commendable. And I would also like to think in your state police in your county sheriffs and Webster police department for all of they've done through this horrible tragedy. Now as mr. -- -- just told you miss Newman is being arraigned currently on federal charges but there'll also be a state counterpart. We are planning on filing at least at this point falsifying business records and first degree which is a class. She will be arraigned in Henry Henry -- tempore and I'm not sure of the date that was given to -- by the your state police so they albeit -- prosecution on the stateside. However one thing that is really important for this community to know is that this is an ongoing investigation. And we are. You know speaking to further individuals and getting more information for additional potential charges. Tim cross bearing -- the second assistant in the mineral county district attorney's office will be cross designated as assistant US attorney. To assist mr. hope and prosecution of this -- wind on the federal side. So again thank you all for your support thank you for being here. Kate thank you and with that term. You indicated. It. Are you saying we usually don't know we can't say yet how he did he have the weapons in hand yet you don't know anything about how that -- transfer from. It's good news -- All we can say at this time is what's in the publicly filed court documents and always describe that. Mrs. Win it intentionally and knowingly obtain the weapons. -- the understanding they would go to spangler. We've included some evidentiary details in the complaint in the complaint affidavit they'll be made available to you. But I can't get into more of those details at this point. You did not mention just to let. Well enough that there. Well -- you've seen them. She is not being accused of the -- and I mean can only tell you the investigation as to how all the weapons came to mr. spangler is -- going. More there could definitely be more charges that the evidence and the facts support. There could be that as well the investigation does continue. We will follow the stakes and leads and evidence wherever they take us. But as I said in my principal remarks as well as that the district attorney. We do intend to pursue. The investigation. And act appropriately. -- Much much -- to the question. Here right beat them. -- If this it to 2223 caliber rifle and that's on him talk about referenced that. -- Yeah I didn't hear that -- Correct to seventh 2010. The no that is not an alleged in the papers and I need to confine myself to what's in the papers the other thing I mean out of indicated is that this crime by itself carries up to ten years in jail. A 250000. Dollar fine her -- -- conceivably where C news though. This thing or anybody else would it into the and reform and all the way for a. No not to avoid this this crying as specifically alleges that -- when -- on to win purchased the guns. They were intended for spangler and he was the true owner she should have said that on the form now and she said that. The affidavit also makes clear that the transaction would not have been complete. Since -- taxpaying dollar could not possess the guns. The affidavit also indicates that spangler was with a win at the time of the purchase of the guns. It. Will all have to let at this point the conclusions. Speak for themselves and and be based upon your reading of the happening all I can say at this point Sean is the affidavit specifically alleges. That. When -- bought the guns and said she was going to be the owner she -- It's in this morning happening it. The only thing he affidavit alleges that they were next door neighbors fight to confine myself to that at this time. I believe her dresses -- Yes. So it is. Talk a little bit about his -- from this process how often. Prosecute these. How prevalent belief. Me and. Well while also ask. Especially in charge -- -- this as well as anybody who wishes but I can tell you we prosecute them here in federal court whenever weekend. Most recently we had a case out of the western end of this district in buffalo the lead defendant's name is Lopez. Where he. In listed a number of accomplices to travel to Pennsylvania. And -- guns in their names. Bring them up to western new York and distribute the guns to Lopez and then there's other allegations as to what Lopez do what -- -- So we certainly try to prosecute these straw purchase cases. Whenever possible the law itself was on the books since 1968. So it's been recognized. As an area of concern certainly to congress and to laws and the federal government. Four are -- well over. Forty years but to -- And he the straw purchase of firearms it's not farms to remove commodity than being diverted illegally to a stroke purchase. And ultimately we uncover those types of schemes with -- two charges federally with a line -- in charge essentially struck purchase. I didn't have that. Plain -- it's. Did obviously. It is error -- Time. Churchill or army when a person purchase of firemen have to be you know. Have the ability to make them legal purchase terms of -- that weapon which we will -- that scheme and we can move forward to bring charges against that person. We're we're not gonna get into the particulars of the investigation is here. A lot of these. And I I can't comment on that -- and I'm not gonna upon. Thank you. The offer. Well that they charged it's going to be let a let or. Levied against this new and falsifying business records in the first degree is it is a similar type charge it's it's a person makes me. -- knowing leak false statement on an application or any form of an enterprise. To conceal. A crime in this case the crime would be mr. spangler a convicted -- session. A rifle or shotgun which is illegal for him to possessed. Mean even remotely -- You know that the federal statute obviously him has stricter penalties but obviously. You know -- interest in pursuing the state life. We're also looking at other potential charges to be filed on the stateside but again the investigation is ongoing. And there are still some in. Some areas that we need to explore. Similar. Yes you. You. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know not that I can remember -- this this statue falsifying business records in the first degree it can encompass. Various behaviors and in this case you -- doing admits doing this behavior in purchasing. Allegedly purchasing these weapons for mr. spangler. Fits nicely under the -- -- -- -- -- in terms of the federal statutes -- that would require the government show that she intentionally. Aided and abetted spangler is plan to murder she would have to have had knowledge of his plan. To commit a crime and it would have been it would be a question of proving her intent and her knowledge. So while one who does knowingly provide a firearm to another with the understanding. That the guns will be used in a murder certainly can be charged but that's a matter of evidence and proof. -- you're. The -- you. Yeah. He knew that it. Would regard any others. Yes that could trigger another statute at this point the only allegations are that he lied about who was to be the owner of the gun. But certainly there are charges relating to aiding and abetting the possession by a felon of a far. It's safe to say Sean that any and all federal charges are being pursued in and we are gonna continue to follow these leads and make whatever charge is so -- are pro. -- -- Relief and. I don't believe our paperwork is anything regarding -- flash oppressors. Just in general are there. Please understand I'm not I'm not certain on that. On the particular look at that question would you referring to American common. A game at Kansas State for stateside charges here you're still investigation and it needs to. Happening there may be additional potential charges could be filed. Against this new man and others in this case wants our investigation takes its course. You've been watching. That he was staying here this. It's -- any. Well I think it's important for. For both of fireside in these artists it's you know it's starting to brings some. Some conclusions -- investigations but truthfully we have a lot of work to do. It's. -- mean this thing you know that was found. Well. I -- -- -- to specifically. Were freed of the complaint affidavit but I do believe terrorism reference to. An item contained in these suicide notes to these weapons and how they were provided. And Sean if I could just borrow one of those complaints I will specifically. Directed to that. Rather than -- read this -- waiting I will directly to it when we're off line. So. And while -- Shawn while I'm in the middle of entry years if you refer to page four paragraph six. You'll see approximately four lines from the bottom of the page that -- there was information contained in the apparent suicide note. In which spangler refers to obtain that comes from his neighbor's daughter. -- -- Well there's so much I can be drawn from many items of evidence found at a crime scene and certainly all of the police officers and agents are going to exploit all that information just as fully and thoroughly as we can and that would include the suicide note. That would include the crime scene in general my guns found when they were purchased where they were purchasing and many of the questions that you wish. Thank you very much. And though we will see if.