(INDIANAPOLIS) – Two women face federal charges for buying the guns used in a pair of cop-killings.
Dawn Rochon and Tiffany Dean could each face up to 10 years in prison on charges of lying on gun-shop purchase forms. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says if they’d told the truth, the purchases would have been denied.
Dean’s accused of buying the gun for her brother Levi Brenton because he was only 20 and too young to buy it himself. That’s illegal. Brenton is charged with conspiracy in the purchase. Prosecutors say he resold the gun for $350 to Chris Wolfe, who died in a shootout with police last month which also left Terre Haute police officer Rob Pitts dead.
Prosecutors say Rochon put a phony address on her form. Minkler isn’t saying how, but says her real address would have provided the gun store reason to deny the purchase. Rochon is accused of using the fake address for four separate gun purchases. One of those guns was used to kill Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Pickett. Minkler says his office is still investigating what happened to the gun between the time Rochon bought it and Pickett’s death.
Anthony Baumgardt has been charged with Pickett’s murder and could face the death penalty.
Minkler says the charges bring to 117 the number of people his office has charged this year with violating federal gun laws. It’s part of a crackdown ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a way to turn back rising gun violence.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler (left) with Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)