Feds charge Stevie Vigil for giving gun to Evan Ebel, gun used in shooting death of Tom Clements

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - A woman accused of giving Evan Ebel the gun authorities believe he used to kill Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements has been indicted by the federal government.

Prosecutors said a grand jury indicted Stevie Marie Anne Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, on one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.

Vigil was arrested Friday morning by ATF agents at the Arapahoe County Courthouse where she was in court to face state charges. The Denver Post reported that those state charges have been dropped.

Oftentimes referred to as a "straw purchase," investigators believe Vigil purchased the firearm from a licensed firearms dealer in Englewood, and allegedly transferred the weapon to Ebel, a convicted felon who could not legally possess a firearm, officials with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said in a news release earlier this year.

Vigil's attorney told 7NEWS in May that Ebel forced her to turn over the gun. However, defense attorney Normando Pacheco declined to say how Ebel forced Vigil to give him the gun.

Ebel shot and killed Clements and Nate Leon in March. Ebel died days later in a shootout with officers in Texas.

7NEWS found Vigil had no previous arrests in Colorado, according to a check of CBI records.

"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."

According to this arrest warrant obtained by our news partner, The Denver Post and shared with 7NEWS, Stevie Vigil was far from a stranger in Evan Ebel's life.

The document reveals Vigil told investigators she had known Ebel since he was 10 or 11 -- describing him as a longtime family friend.  The warrant also reveals, while in prison, Ebel made a dozen calls to Vigil's home between May and November 2012 -- lasting anywhere from 9 to 18 minutes.
       
It also reveals, the two met face to face- about five days after his release.
As to why Vigil purchased a gun in the first place -- she told a friend it was for protection.

Court documents also reveal, after Ebel's death Vigil told a friend quote -- "i bought the (expletive)gun."
She told the same friend she considered turning Ebel in after the two had an argument.

You can read more about Vigil and Ebel’s past in Saturday’s Denver Post.

If convicted of transferring a firearm to a felon, Vigil faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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