Dayton Shooter’s Druggie Friend, Ethan Kollie, Admitted He Lied on Federal Forms About His Drug History to Purchase Body Armor, AR-15 Accessory for Shooter; Feds Smelled Marijuana When Interviewing Kollie at Home After Shooting

  • Ethan Kollie, a friend of Dayton shooter Connor Betts, has been charged with lying on federal firearms forms for allegedly purchasing body armor and other paraphernalia for Betts in May, according to the Department of Justice during a Monday press conference.
  • The Department of Justice said that Kollie bought the body armor, a 100 round drum magazine and an AR-15 accessory for Betts, which he used during the mass shooting earlier this month.
  • However, authorities have no proof that Kollie had knowledge that Betts planned to use the items during the mass shooting that left nine dead and dozens injured.
  • According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Ben Glassman, “Kollie had indicated that Betts asked him to buy the items because he wanted to hide them from his parents.”
  • Glassman said: “Mr. Kollie does not stand accused of intentionally participating in the planning of the shooting. We have no evidence of that.”
  • During an initial interview on August 4, Kollie told authorities that he purchased the items for Betts, and “while speaking with Kollie, FBI agents noticed a bong and a pistol in his home” and smelled marijuana.
  • During a second interview on August 8, Kollie told authorities “that he had taken hard drugs with Betts four or five times weekly for a number of years. He also told the agents that he had smoked marijuana almost daily over a period of 10 years.”
  • Kollie “allegedly told agents that he lied on ATF Form 4473 while purchasing guns by answering no on a question asking: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
  • Glassman said: “Anyone who is discovered to have any criminal culpability for any act that ultimately is discovered through the investigation or contributed in any way to the events on August 4th is going to be held criminally responsible.”
  • Kollie faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Reference Links

  • TIME: Friend of Dayton Shooter, Who Purchased Weapon Accessories For Him, Charged With Lying on Federal Firearms Form READ
  • The Hill: Friend of alleged Dayton shooter to face federal charges READ
  • NBC: Dayton shooter’s friend bought body armor, gun accessories used in deadly attack, prosecutors say READ
  • Cincinnati Enquirer: Feds: Friend of Dayton shooter bought firearm parts for him READ

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