Woman Charged With “Straw” Gun Purchase In CO Prison Chief Killing


A Colorado woman knew or should have known that Evan Ebel was a felon who could not own firearms when she bought him a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun this month, says the Denver Post. Stevie Marie Ann Vigil, 22, is charged with providing Ebel the gun that authorities say killed Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. Nothing about her set off red flags for employees at High Plains Arms in Englewood, Co., where she bought the weapon.

Employees said Vigil passed a background check through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which determined the sale was legal, the statement said. Vigil has been charged with unlawful purchase of a firearm. Vigil’s relatives were perplexed as to why she would buy the gun for Ebel, 28, a member of the 211 Crew prison gang who was released on mandatory parole Jan. 28. Investigators said Ebel also used the gun in a shootout with Texas sheriff’s deputies on March 21 before one of them fatally wounded him.

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