Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

DOJ: Friend of Dayton shooter to face federal charges

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Deanna Wagner | 13 August, 2019, 01:18

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It is not clear if Kollie owned a gun, but the form he filled out would have been used if he went to purchase one.

He also indicated that he purchased body armor and a firearm component for Betts earlier this year.

Deceased mass shooting suspect Connor Betts of Bellbrook, Ohio appears in an identity photograph released by police in Dayton, Ohio.

Onlookers in Dayton mourn the nine people who died when a gunman opened fire in a crowd outside a popular bar in the city's Oregon District earlier this month. But, investigators discovered marijuana inside Kollie's home.

In a follow-up interview last week, Mr. Kollie admitted to agents that he and Betts did "hard drugs", acid and marijuana four or five times a week in 2014 and 2015, and Mr. Kollie said he himself smoked marijuana daily since he was 14.

Betts also allegedly made a "rape list" of female classmates he wanted to sexually assault as well as a "hit list" that was later found in a school bathroom.

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Police have said there was nothing in his background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting. Kollie checked the "No" box.

A person can not legally buy a gun if they are "an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance".

Federal prosecutors say Ethan Kollie bought the armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round magazine for his friend Connor Betts earlier this year.

Kollie and Betts allegedly assembled the AM-15 in Kollie's apartment about 10 weeks ago.

Betts retrieved the items about six to eight weeks ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. "At that time, Betts took possession of it, the assembled weapon, and the body armor".

When agents returned with a search warrant, they said Kollie was carrying the.38 and what they believed was a small amount of marijuana.

Making a false statement regarding firearms carries a potential maximum sentence of up to five years' imprisonment.