Buyer of handgun used in Orchard Mesa slaying to serve probation
A woman who purchased a handgun used in a fatal shooting last Thanksgiving on Orchard Mesa may avoid a felony conviction in the matter.
Tamika Wilson, 23, was sentenced by District Judge Brian Flynn on Monday to four years probation as part of a deferred judgment in a plea agreement accepted by the District Attorney’s Office. The deferred designation means Wilson’s felony will be erased if she stays out of trouble over the next four years.
She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of an illegal weapon, and felony unlawful purchase of a firearm.
Wilson’s ex-boyfriend, Joshua Ringold, 22, is serving 42 years in prison in connection with an aborted attempt last Thanksgiving night to rob the owners of a home on Orchard Mesa. An accomplice, Cody English, 16, was fatally shot while fleeing the robbery, accidentally hit by Ringold.
Authorities learned that the Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic handgun used by Ringold was purchased by Wilson three weeks prior to the incident, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Wilson was accompanied at Jerry’s Outdoor Sports during the purchase by Ringold, the affidavit said.
Ringold at the time had convictions for criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass, which made it illegal for him to buy or possess firearms.
“(Wilson) admitted the sellers of the gun did ask if she was buying the gun for Josh and she told them no,” the affidavit said.
A store employee told investigators it seemed like Wilson was buying the gun for the man she was with, but she repeatedly denied it when they asked her about it.
” ... (Wilson) completed the Colorado Bureau of Investigation firearm purchase form with all her information and the gun sale was approved,” the affidavit said.
Wilson checked “yes” on a section of the CBI form asking buyers if they intended the purchase for themselves, the affidavit said. The form has a warning for false declarations.
Daniel Shaffer, Wilson’s attorney, said Ringold had told Wilson he intended to use the gun for target shooting. Wilson was acquainted with Ringold roughly six months prior to the shooting, Shaffer said.
“If you would have told me Josh Ringold would need to buy a gun for target shooting, I’d say that’s absurd,” Shaffer told Flynn. “But I had the benefit of knowing Josh Ringold.”