Friend of gunman in Ohio mass shooting faces federal gun charges

13 August 2019
2019-08-13 14:11

A friend of the Ohio man who killed nine people, including his own sister, in Dayton this month was charged on Monday with lying about his illegal drug use on a form when he bought a gun, federal prosecutors said. The Aug. 4 attack, which ended when police shot and killed 24-year-old Connor Betts, was one of three-high profile mass shootings over three weeks that stunned the United States and stoked its long-running debate on gun rights.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman charged Betts' friend Ethan Kollie with making a false statement regarding firearms. He was also charged with possession of a firearm.

Kollie also purchased the body armor, the upper receiver for an AR-15 and the 100-round double drum magazine that Betts used during the shooting, Glassman said. Kollie faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

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