Buddy of Dayton gunman to face federal gun fees: Prosecutors


A pal of the Ohio man who killed 9 folks, together with his personal sister, in Dayton this month was charged on Monday with mendacity about his unlawful drug use on a kind when he purchased a pistol, federal prosecutors mentioned.

The Aug. four assault, which ended when police shot and killed 24-year-old Connor Betts, was considered one of three-high profile mass shootings over three weeks that surprised the USA and stoked its long-running debate on gun rights. U.S. Lawyer Benjamin Glassman charged Betts’ pal, Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, with making a false assertion relating to firearms. He was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal person of a managed substance, based on court docket paperwork.

Glassman mentioned throughout a information convention in Dayton asserting the costs that Kollie instructed federal brokers that he had bought physique armor, an adjunct for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a 100-round double drum journal that Betts used in the course of the capturing.

Kollie stored the gadgets at his residence to assist Betts cover them from Betts’ mother and father, based on an affidavit.

“There isn’t a proof and no allegation … that Kollie deliberately participated within the planning” of the Aug. four capturing, Glassman mentioned, noting that the investigation into the capturing continues. “That’s not what this case is about.”

Betts opened hearth outdoors a bar within the Oregon District of Dayton at 1 a.m. on Aug. four. The capturing ended quickly when police who have been close by moved in and shot Betts lifeless. These killed included Betts’ sister.

Throughout an interview at Kollie’s residence on the day of the capturing, brokers smelled marijuana and observed a marijuana bong and a Micro Draco pistol in his possession, he mentioned.

Later that week, authorities interviewed Kollie once more, this time at work, the place he instructed them he was a gun proprietor and that he had carried out exhausting medicine with Betts in addition to marijuana and acid 4 or 5 occasions every week from 2014 to 2015, Glassman mentioned.

Kollie additionally instructed authorities he smokes marijuana daily and had been doing so for 10 years, Glassman mentioned.

Authorities obtained the shape that Kollie used to buy the pistol final Might and located that the person answered “No” to a query asking if he was an illegal drug person or hooked on marijuana, a depressant or stimulant or every other managed substance.

“He admitted that he did bear in mind submitting out the shape … and indicating falsely that he was not a person of unlawful medicine,” Glassman mentioned. “He knew that if he answered in truth, he wouldn’t have acquired the firearm that he was shopping for.”

Kollie, who was arrested Friday, faces as much as 15 years in jail if convicted.

The FBI mentioned final week that Betts had a historical past of violent obsessions and had mused about committing mass homicide earlier than his rampage in Dayton’s historic downtown. (Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York and Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)

Later that week, authorities interviewed Kollie once more, this time at work, the place he instructed them he was a gun proprietor and that he had carried out exhausting medicine with Betts in addition to marijuana and acid 4 or 5 occasions every week from 2014 to 2015, Glassman mentioned.

Kollie additionally instructed authorities he smokes marijuana daily and had been doing so for 10 years, Glassman mentioned.

Authorities obtained the shape that Kollie used to buy the pistol final Might and located that the person answered “No” to a query asking if he was an illegal drug person or hooked on marijuana, a depressant or stimulant or every other managed substance.

“He admitted that he did bear in mind submitting out the shape … and indicating falsely that he was not a person of unlawful medicine,” Glassman mentioned. “He knew that if he answered in truth, he wouldn’t have acquired the firearm that he was shopping for.”

Kollie, who was arrested Friday, faces as much as 15 years in jail if convicted.

The FBI mentioned final week that Betts had a historical past of violent obsessions and had mused about committing mass homicide earlier than his rampage in Dayton’s historic downtown.