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

(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.

This undated image provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City.
This undated image provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City.   (AP Photo/Colorado Bureau of Investigation)
This undated photo released by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel.
This undated photo released by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel.   (AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections)
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