Dayton gunman’s friend accused of buying gear used in shooting to enter plea agreement

Dayton gunman’s friend accused of buying gear used in shooting to enter plea agreement
Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, is charged with federally lying on federal firearms forms in order to purchase weapons and with illegally possessing those weapons. He is expected to enter a plea agreement Friday afternoon. (Source: Montgomery Co. Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - A friend of Dayton mass shooter accused of buying the gunman’s body armor, gun accessory and a 100-round double drum magazine, will enter a plea agreement on Friday, Nov. 2, Ohio Department of Justice officials say.

Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, is charged with federally lying on federal firearms forms in order to purchase weapons and with illegally possessing those weapons.

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He has remained in jail since a U.S. magistrate judge ordered he be held without bond Aug. 15. At the time, a judge said Kollie is “a danger to himself and others” and also stated he has serious mental issues.

Ohio DOJ officials say the items Kollie bought were for Connor Betts, who used them in Aug. 4 shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.

Betts, 24, opened fire with a .223 rifle killing nine and injuring dozens more.

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Then-U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman stressed there was no allegation that Kollie intentionally participated in planning of the shooting.

According to Glassman, federal agents first interviewed Kollie on Aug. 4 in connection with the mass shooting earlier that day in Dayton.

During that interview, Kollie allegedly told agents that he likes guns and currently owns a handgun and a micro Draco pistol.

He also indicated that he purchased body armor and a firearm component for Betts earlier this year.

Kollie agreed to allow agents to search his home, and while inside, they say they smelled marijuana and observed in plain sight a bong and the Drago pistol.

During a second interview on Aug. 8, Kollie told to agents that he and Betts had done “hard drugs," marijuana and acid together four or five times a weeks during 2014 and 2015. 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.

The affidavit says that Kollie also told agents he uses psychedelic mushrooms, which he grows in his residence, and “micro-doses” on a constant basis, stating it gives him energy and is “fun.”

Kollie allegedly told agents he lied on ATF Form 4473 while purchasing firearms, specifically while answering question 11e that asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Kollie checked the “no” box.

According to the affidavit, Kollie acknowledged purchasing three items used by Betts during the Aug. 4 mass shooting: body armor, upper receiver that was attached to the AM-15 weapon, and a 100-round double drum magazine.

Agents returned to Kollie’s apartment with a federal search warrant and recovered the micro Drago pistol, a Taurus Model PT111 G2A semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana and mushrooms believed to contain Schedule 1 Controlled Substances.

Possessing a firearm as an unlawful user of a controlled substance is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Making a false statement regarding firearms carries a potential maximum sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment.

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