Ex-wife of murdered man pleads guilty to federal weapons charges
A Tigard woman who allegedly purchased ammunition the day before her ex-husband was shot to death has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Lauren Ann Nguyen, 35, entered a plea deal last month, pleading guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Nguyen was arrested after her ex-husband Jerry Duy Nguyen, 37, was gunned down outside her Tigard home on Jan. 30.
Lauren Nguyen told police that her boyfriend, Orlando Pouncey, had shot her ex-husband after the two got into an argument.
Nguyen has forgery, drug possession and firearms convictions from 2000 and 2008. She is not allowed to buy ammunition.
Despite that, prosecutors claim thats exactly what she did. Lauren Nguyen and Pouncey were seen at the Tigard Walmart buying 9 millimeter ammunition, as well as several other items, the day before Jerry Nguyen was shot, Tigard Police said in a search warrant.
A spent 9mm casing was found next to Jerry Nguyens body. Another 9mm bullet was found embedded in a garage door across the street.
Police also investigated Lauren Nguyen for allegedly hindering prosecution after Pouncey fled the state after Pouncey fled the state.
She pleaded not guilty after her April arrest, but allegedly violated her pretrial release agreement in June. She was released to an in-patient drug treatment facility in Newberg.
According to court records, she violated her release again in July and for a third time in early August.
On Aug. 19, Lauren Nguyen changed her plea to guilty.
Nguyens charge could land her 10 years in prison, but prosecutors are expected to push for a much lighter sentence of six months house arrest, followed by three years of probation, according to her Aug. 18 plea agreement.
Nguyen was in a Portland courtroom on Wednesday, Sept. 16, for a hearing regarding her release. Nguyen agreed to stay away from guns, drugs and alcohol, and to avoid contacting Pouncey.
Pouncey is currently in the Washington County Jail awaiting his murder trial, which is scheduled for next spring.
Nguyens sentencing is set for Dec. 2.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT