Friend of Dayton Shooter Charged With Lying on Firearms Form

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2019

Betts retrieved the items about six to eight weeks ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The friend, who was not identified in a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, allegedly lied on federal firearms forms.

Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others.

Prosecutors noted that there is no evidence that Kollie helped Betts plan or carry out the shooting.

The agents, while talking to Mr. Kollie at his Kettering, Ohio, residence, smelled marijuana, saw drug paraphernalia and also spotted a pistol.

Federal investigators spoke to him again on August 8, and "Kollie indicated he and Betts had done 'hard drugs, ' marijuana and acid together four to five times a week during 2014 to 2015", reads the statement. The charging document said Ethan Kollie bought the items for 24-year-old Connor Betts and kept them at his apartment so his friend's parents would not find them.

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

"Mr Kollie does not stand accused of intentionally participating in the planning of that shooting", Benjamin Glassman, US attorney for the Southern District of OH, said at a press conference.

The FBI has said that Betts had been exploring "violent ideologies" before staging the attack but declined to provide any details on what they were. "When asked how often he used drugs in the past year and a half, Kollie said he smokes marijuana every day and has done so since he was 14".

Authorities have said hundreds more people may have died had Betts gotten inside.

The Aug. 4 attack, which ended when police shot and killed the gunman, was one of a series of three-high profile mass shootings that stunned the United States and stoked its long-running debate on gun rights.

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