CENTENNIAL — The Commerce City woman accused of providing the gun that killed Colorado Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements earlier this year pleaded guilty last week.
Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to one county of providing a firearm to a felon in connection to the 9mm Smith & Wesson revolver she gave to Evan Ebel, who was wanted in connection to Clements’ death and the shooting death of Nathan Leon, a 27-year-old father of three who was killed March 17 while working as a pizza delivery driver.
Clements died March 19 after he answered the door at his home in Monument.
Ebel, who joined a white supremacist gang known as the “211 Crew” while in prison, was killed by officers during a shootout with law enforcement officers in Wise County, Texas, after his vehicle was spotted days after Clements’ shooting death.
Vigil had previously pleaded not guilty in May to state charges of illegally transferring a hangun to a felon before those charges were dropped and replaced with a federal indictment in August.
According to the indictment, on March 8, 2013, Vigil knowingly disposed of and transferred a firearm to Evan Ebel, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that Evan Ebel had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
Vigil faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 based on her plea.
Vigil’s attorney, Normando Pacheco, previously claimed Vigil was coerced into giving Ebel the gun, although he did not provide specifics during the May 21 hearing regarding the state charges.