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No bond for woman accused of buying gun in DOC director slaying

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:38:17 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 01:07:59 PM CDT
Stevie Vigil

Stevie Vigil

DENVER, Colo. -

A U.S. Magistrate has denied bond for the woman accused of buying the gun used to kill Colorado's prisons chief in March.

Stevie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, was indicted earlier this month. She is accused of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.

In his ruling denying Vigil's request for bond, U.S. Magistrate Boyd N. Boland said he believes that Vigil is both a danger to the community, and a flight risk.

Vigil is accused of giving a gun to Evan Ebel on March 8. Investigators say Ebel used the gun to kill Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements on March 19.

Vigil was arrested by ATF agents at the Arapahoe County Courthouse on Friday morning, August 9, 2013.

The indictment alleges that Vigil knew or had reason to believe that Evan Ebel was a convicted felon when she allegedly gave him the gun.

“Transferring a gun to a convicted felon is a serious federal crime, period, full-stop,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  “Federal and state authorities are working closely together to ensure that the grave crime in this case is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this collaborative and cooperative prosecution with U.S. Attorney John Walsh’s office,” said George H. Brauchler, District Attorney for the 18 Judicial District.  “Our community is well served by vigorously enforcing the laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals like Evan Ebel.  Unfortunately, this case highlights the worst case scenario when criminals obtain guns.”

“Straw purchasing is not a victimless crime,” said Denver Special Agent in Charge, Andrew Traver. “The results of this careless act can be devastating to the community, and ATF will take every step to hold those individuals who disregard the federal firearms laws accountable.”

If convicted of transferring a firearm to a felon, Vigil faces up to 10 years in federal prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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