Woman tied to gun used to kill Colo. prisons chief

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Investigators are looking into how much the woman who bought the gun used to kill Colorado's corrections chief knew about the slaying.

Twenty-two-year-old Stevie Marie Vigil made her first appearance in court Thursday in Centennial after being arrested for buying the gun and giving it to Evan Ebel, a felon who was barred from possessing a firearm. She was ordered held on $25,000 bond.

She faces one count of unlawful purchase of a firearm, a felony which carries a penalty of between two and 16 years in prison.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Joe Roybal said investigators don't know yet what Vigil knew about what Ebel planned to do.

Prosecutor Mark Hurlbert wouldn't comment on whether other charges are being considered. Vigil's lawyer left the hearing without comment.

Ebel's troubled prison time

Ebel threatened to kill a guard while he was in prison, according to state records.

It's just one episode in a long history of misconduct behind bars for the suspect, who died after a shootout with Texas authorities last week.

Within nine months of entering prison in 2005, Ebel misbehaved so badly he was placed in solitary confinement. He spent much time there because of continued threats and attacks against prison workers and other inmates.

The new information comes from Ebel's prison record, which was released to The Associated Press on Thursday after an open records request.


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