Friend Of Dayton Shooter Charged With Lying On Firearms Form

Connor Betts

A friend of the OH 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. Officers killed Betts within 30 seconds, just outside a crowded bar, and authorities have said hundreds more people may have died if Betts had gotten inside.

Gunman Connor Betts, 24, was killed by law enforcement during the August 4 shooting.

Police have said there was nothing in Betts' background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting.

Prosecutors are accusing Kollie of lying about not using marijuana on federal firearms forms in the purchase of a pistol that was not used in the shooting.

The FBI said last week that Betts, had a history of violent obsessions and had mused about committing mass murder before his rampage in Dayton's historic downtown.

Kollie, who was arrested Friday, said he and Betts did "hard drugs", marijuana and acid together four or five times a week between 2014 and 2015, according to Glassman.


Kollie faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

A search warrant was executed at Kollie's home, turning up several weapons, marijuana, and mushrooms.

The charging document says Ethan Kollie bought the items for Connor Betts and kept them at his apartment so his friend's parents would not find them.

Kollie has been charged with possession of a firearm in interstate or foreign commerce by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance, and making false statements or representations with respect to information required by chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

John Legend made a surprise visit to Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, a week after a shooting there left nine people dead and at least 31 others injured.

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