DENVER — New video and pictures of the violent crime spree Evan Ebel went on almost a year ago were released Monday as Stevie Vigil, the woman who provided a gun to the murderer , was sentenced to 27 months in prison Monday.
The sentence came down shortly after a Texas sheriff’s deputy, who nearly died after Ebel shot him, said that he considers Vigil a full partner in Ebel’s killing of Colorado Department of Corrections director Tom Clements and Commerce City father Nathan Leon.
Montague County Sheriff’s deputy James Boyd said Vigil knew that Ebel was a “white supremacist felon” when she gave him the gun.
“She is equally responsible,” Boyd said. “I feel she should be charged with not only my aggravated assault but the murders of the two men.”
In an incident caught on dash camera video, Ebel shot Boyd multiple times during a traffic stop last March. Boyd suffered a brain injury and has undergone multiple surgeries. He still has balance problems, he said.
Prosecutors had been trying to prove that Vigil, 23, knew what Ebel was planning when she provided him with a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun last year. She pleaded guilty to one count of providing a gun to a felon.
Investigators believe that Ebel, a parolee who illegally removed his tracking bracelet, killed Leon on March 17, 2013, and used his Domino’s delivery uniform to approach the Clements home in Monument. After Ebel shot Clements, he fled to Texas, where he was eventually killed in a running gun battle with deputies there.
Ballistics evidence linked the 9mm to both the Clements and Leon killings. Texas authorities found a pizza uniform and delivery box in Ebel’s car after the shootout. Ebel also had handwritten directions to the prison chief’s house in his car.
Nathan Leon’s father, John Leon, also testified Monday, telling the court it had been “50 weeks and one day” since his son was murdered.
“The world just ended,” he said, crying on the stand. “My world ended.”