BALTIMORE -- The woman who bought the guns used during a neighbor's murderous rampage in March pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge.
Constance Waugh, 48, was accused of taking part in a straw purchase, buying a shotgun and rifle for Joseph Palczynski with his money on March 6, the day before the rampage began.
Waugh will be sentenced Oct. 20 on the charge of giving the rifle to Palczynski even though she knew he had a criminal background that prevented him from buying the guns himself. She could face up to 10 years in prison.
Palczynski was arrested March 4 for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend, Tracy Whitehead. After getting out on bail, he bought the guns with Waugh's help and then kidnapped Whitehead on March 7, killing three people who tried to help her. The next day, Palczynski killed a woman and shot a child in the face while trying to steal a car. Later that day, Whitehead escaped.
The 31-year-old unemployed electrician eluded police for almost two weeks, allegedly fleeing to Virginia and then forcing a man to drive him back to Baltimore at gunpoint. He then held Whitehead's mother and two other people hostage for four days before he was finally killed by police March 21.
Waugh was charged with lying on a federal form, saying she bought the gun for Palczynski as a gift. Palczynski had told her he couldn't buy guns because of his criminal record for assault, according to an affidavit.
She told authorities that she thought Palczynski wanted the gun for target practice.
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