Gun That Killed Prisons Chief Traced to Woman
Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, arrested in Colorado
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2013 6:12 AM CDT
This undated image provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City.   (AP Photo/Colorado Bureau of Investigation)

(Newser) – Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents yesterday arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun authorities say was used to kill Colorado's prisons chief. Investigators believe Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, legally bought the firearm from a licensed dealer in the Denver suburb of Englewood and transferred it to Evan Ebel, a felon who couldn't legally possess a firearm, the CBI said. Ebel is suspected in the shooting deaths of Colorado corrections head Tom Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.

Ebel died after a shootout in Texas last week. El Paso County, Colo., sheriff's investigators have said the gun Ebel used in the shootout was the same weapon used to kill Clements when he answered the front door of his home. Authorities described the Englewood gun dealer as "extremely cooperative" and said the dealer had no knowledge of Vigil's alleged actions after buying the gun. Vigil is being held on one felony count of unlawful purchase of a firearm. Her bail was set at $25,000. It's not clear how she and Ebel might have met.

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Over the Road Steve
Mar 28, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
This is the type of criminal prosecution that could actually put a dent in gun violence. Enforce the laws we have. Seeking out and prosecuting folks who tranfer legally bought guns illegally will do more to cut down violence in the hood than any feel good legislation about magazine size.
Mar 28, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
Pass more gun laws!
Mar 28, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
Legally purchased guns being used to kill someone. Who'd have thunk it?