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Nguyen pleads not guilty to falsifying business records

The woman accused of buying two guns used in the Christmas Eve ambush in Webster was arraigned in court Monday morning.
(WSYR-TV/WROC-TV) -- The woman accused of buying two guns used in the Christmas Eve ambush in Webster was arraigned in court Monday morning. It's happening on the same day the two firefighters who lost their lives are being honored.

The Monroe County District Attorney's Office has indicted Dawn Nguyen on charges of falsifying business records.

It was an emotional day in court for the West Webster Fire Department. Injured firefighters Joseph Hofstetter and Ted Scardino sat two rows behind Dawn Nguyen.

"It's a tough day for all of us. We are here to support each other and we are going to continue to do so until this entire thing is brought to a conclusion," said Tom Link, West Webster Fire District.

"It's hard to see her, but as Tom said, we just want to make sure justice is done and we will be here every step of the way," said Ted Scardino.

The District Attorney's Office says Nguyen bought the guns for William Spengler who later used them in the Webster shooting. She pleaded not guilty to charges that she falsified business records to purchase the guns. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

Nguyen faces similar federal charges. Her attorney says pursuing the state charge is a waste of time.

"So basically, it's the same general gist of the federal court case. In our opinion, piling on wasted taxpayer money," said Matt Parrinello.

The prosecutor says they will pursue both cases.

"They are separate crimes. They have separate elements and we thought it was important to pursue this case in both forms, both federally and at the state level," said Timothy Prosperi.

"Everything is handled in a manner that stays in the public eye. We are concerned about our fellow firemen. As you saw, there was a hostage situation last week including firemen. This is something that affects much more globally than just the West Webster Fire District and our local firemen," said Link.

As for the two fallen firefighters – Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka – were honored for their ultimate sacrifice with a sign on Lake Road in Webster.

Nguyen will be back in court on May 13.
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