Lakewood, CO - A 22-year-old Commerce City woman was arrested by agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly illegally transferring the firearm recovered in Texas, and identified by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office as the weapon used in the shooting death of Tom Clements on March 19, 2013.
Working in conjunction with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Englewood Police Department and the Denver Police Department, CBI agents arrested Stevie Marie Vigil of Commerce City in the evening hours of March 27, 2013.
Vigil was arrested on suspicion of an alleged illegal transfer of a firearm in early March, based on information developed during the course of the investigation.
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 Evan Ebel, a convicted felon who could not legally possess a firearm. The licensed firearms dealer has been extremely cooperative with investigators, and had no knowledge of Vigil's alleged actions following her legal purchase of the gun.
Vigil was taken to the Arapahoe County Jail on March 27. Her bond is set at $25,000.
Vigil faces one count of unlawful purchase of a firearm, a class 4 felony in the State of Colorado. A class 4 felony carries a potential penalty of anywhere between two and 16 years in prison and fines ranging from $500-$2,000.