CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The friend of Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Thursday.
In Nov. 2019, 24-year-old Ethan Kollie pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms and lying on a federal firearms form, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
He was released from jail in December while awaiting sentencing. Kollie was ordered to home incarceration and required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
According to the DOJ, Kollie acknowledged lying on a United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473 when purchasing a micro Draco pistol in May 2019, specifically while answering a question 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, when in fact he knew he was an unlawful user of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, the DOJ said.
Federal agents first interviewed him on Aug. 4, 2019, in connection with the mass shooting earlier that day in Dayton.
During the interview, Kollie indicated that he purchased body armor and a firearm component for Betts earlier that year.
“Kollie will forever be connected to the tragic events of Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. He bought the upper receiver to the AM-15, a 100-round double drum magazine and body armor for Betts. We will chase down the origins of all weapons used in violence and hold all accountable for their crimes,” U.S. Attorney David DeVillers said.
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.
Nine people were killed and 27 wounded when Connor Betts, 24, opened fire with a .223 rifle outside Ned Peppers in Dayton’s Oregon District.