DENVER - The woman accused of buying the gun used by parolee Evan Ebel to kill the Department of Corrections chief and another man was denied bond by a federal judge Monday morning.
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Stevie Vigil also pleaded not guilty to one federal count of transfer of a firearm to a felon.
In court, federal prosecutor Richard Hosley said Vigil has admitted to investigators she bought the gun, but said she did so for self defense. Hosley also said Vigil denied giving the gun to Ebel and claimed she stored in it a friend's trunk - an allegation the prosecutor said the friend denies.
Hosley alleged Vigil lied to investigators by claiming she never gave the gun to Ebel even though the friend said she was present when Vigil allegedly did it. Hosley said Vigil knew Ebel was a convicted felon.
Vigil then asked the friend to lie to investigators about the gun exchange, Hosley said. Vigil's attorney said he disagrees with the characterization of that conversation.
Vigil faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the charge, though because she has no criminal history, it is unlikely she would get the maximum sentence.
She had faced state charges in the alleged incident, but those charges were dropped on Aug. 9, so the case could be tried in federal court instead. Prison sentences in federal court often require a defendant to spend more time behind bars, and the federal prison system does not parole inmates like the state system.
Ebel is accused of killing the Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements and father-of-three Nate Leon in March.
Investigators tell 9Wants to Know Vigil bought a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun on March 6 and gave it to Ebel, who 9NEWS later discovered had been accidentally released from prison four years too early. As a convicted felon, Ebel wasn't allowed to have a gun.
The Department of Corrections released Ebel years too early because of a court error that incorrectly recorded a criminal sentence that he received for assaulting a prison guard while behind bars.
While on parole, Ebel removed his ankle monitor, and the device sent a tamper warning. No one checked on Ebel for several days. By the time someone did, he was gone.
Ebel died in a shootout with officers in Texas.
After 9NEWS' investigation, the state conducted an audit of all prisoner sentences and found nearly 300 other errors. The audit is expected to wrap up within the month.
The state has also hired an outside agency to review parole operations. That audit is sill ongoing.
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