Shooting suspect whose state case was dismissed, now faces federal gun charge

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Federal prosecutors are charging a woman whose attempted murder case was dropped just last week by the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Veronica Lewis is being charged with having a gun after being deemed “mentally defective” and possessing a stolen firearm.

Nolan said the decision to file these charges now was in the interest of public safety. Lewis was being held in a psychiatric facility following her arrest. Nolan said her release was imminent since the state’s charges were dropped.

The incident dates back to June of 2015 when Lewis was accused of shooting her firearm instructor multiple times in Westford.

Police said she took off from the scene with a fun and they later discovered it in her backpack when she was arrested. Court records also show she was allegedly found to be hiding ammunition into toilet paper rolls of her holding cell.

Due to her history of mental illness, the US Attorney said Lewis shouldn’t have been using a gun to begin with. In 2013, a New York court dismissed charges against her because they found her to be mentally incapable. 

“It’s an independent decision based on facts, law, evidence, public safety, and interest of justice,” Christina Nolan said. “Not a critique of the State’s Attorney’s Office.”

If convicted, Lewis could face up to 10 years on each charge. She’s currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshall’s Office and is due back in court on Monday.

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