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DOJ: Friend of Dayton shooter to face federal charges

DOJ: Friend of Dayton shooter to face federal charges

The charge comes just over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others.

Police officers on patrol fatally shot Betts shortly after he opened fire.

A friend of the OH gunman who killed nine people told federal agents he bought him body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round magazine earlier this year, according to a court document unsealed Monday.

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.

Glassman said that authorities, in the course of investigating the shooting, learned that Kollie used illegal drugs and lied about his drug use on a form when he bought a firearm.

People congregate around a memorial to those killed in Sunday morning's mass shooting on August 6, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. "Kollie and Betts allegedly assembled the AM-15 in Kollie's apartment approximately 10 weeks ago".

Kollie had a concealed carry permit and owned a micro Draco pistol, a Taurus semi-automatic and a.38 Taurus revolver, Glassman said. Kollie checked the "No" box.

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

Glassman said there is no evidence that Kollie participated in the planning or shooting with Betts.

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

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.

Kollie faces 15 years in prison if convicted. He is also charged with making a false statement regarding firearms, which could earn him another five years. More than 30 others were left injured, including at least 14 with gunshot wounds, hospital officials and investigators said.