Pal of Ohio Mass Capturing Gunman to Face Federal Gun Costs


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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 gun, federal prosecutors mentioned.

The Aug. four assault, which ended when police shot and killed 24-year-old Connor Betts, was one in all three-high profile mass shootings over three weeks that shocked the USA and stoked its long-running debate on gun rights.

U.S. Legal professional Benjamin Glassman charged Betts’ pal Ethan Kollie with making a false assertion concerning firearms. He was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal consumer of a managed substance, based on courtroom paperwork.

Glassman mentioned that authorities, in the middle of investigating the capturing, discovered that Kollie used unlawful medication and lied about his drug use on a kind when he purchased a firearm.

Kollie additionally bought the physique armor, the higher receiver for an AR-15 and the 100-round double drum journal that Betts used in the course of the capturing, Glassman mentioned. “There isn’t any proof and no allegation … that Kollie deliberately participated within the planning” of the Aug. four capturing, he mentioned.

Kollie faces 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.

Betts, who’s from the close by suburb of Bellbrook, Ohio, was carrying physique armor and a masks in the course of the assault, opening fireplace with a semi-automatic rifle fitted with a high-capacity ammunition drum that would maintain 100 rounds, police mentioned.

His sister, Megan Betts, 22, was one of many first victims to be killed.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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