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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:04 PM

Gunman who ambushed firefighters killed grandmother in 1980, police say [View all]

Source: NBC News

"The gunman who ambushed four volunteer firefighters, killing two, in upstate New York had spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death in 1980, police said.

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Williams Spengler opened fire on the volunteers as they responded to a blaze just before 6 a.m. ET in a small cluster of homes along Lake Ontario in Webster, N.Y., police said, rocking this close-knit community.
The 62-year-old convicted felon had apparently set a trap, firing on the first responders from atop an earthen berm. . .

He was convicted of manslaughter in 1981 after the death of his grandmother, Rose Spengler, and was paroled in 1998.
Spengler's 67-year-old sister Cheryl Spengler is unaccounted for, Pickering said. Spengler lived in the house with his sister and mother, Arline, who died in October.
Prior to Monday's shooting, Webster police had not had any run-ins with Spengler since he was paroled, they said.
Police would not say what kinds of guns Spengler used, but as a convicted felon, he could not legally own firearms."

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Note "as a convicted felon, he could not legally own firearms." but he did nevertheless.

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