Woman Gets 27-Month Term for Providing Gun Used In CO Prisons Chief Death


A federal judge sentenced Stevie Marie Vigil to 27 months in prison for giving parolee Evan Ebel the gun he used to kill Colorado’s prisons chief and a pizza delivery driver, the Denver Post reports. Vigil pleaded guilty to buying the handgun used by Ebel to kill Nathan Leon on March 17, 2013, and Department of Corrections director Tom Clements two days later. District Attorney George Brachler said Vigil’s “reckless disregard for the law resulted in the cold-blooded murder of two good men — two good fathers, husbands and sons.”

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said there was no evidence Vigil knew or could have predicted Ebel’s plan. She said Ebel sought out women he could manipulate and get to do his bidding. Ebel “was a very bright and intelligent man who was also a sociopath,” Arguello said. John Leon, whose son, Nathan, was Ebel’s first victim, criticized the judge for what he felt was a lenient sentence. “She was wrong,” Leon said. “Stevie Vigil knew that (Ebel) was going to do something bad.”

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