Butler County man pleads guilty to charges in connection with murder of Dayton police officer

Butler County man pleads guilty to charges in connection with murder of Dayton police officer
Delano Well (Source: FOX19 NOW)

DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - A man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Saturday to making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of the firearm used in the shooting of a Dayton police officer.

Delano Wells, 50, pleaded guilty to charges connected to the November 2019 killing of Detective Joe Del Rio, according to court documents.

Detective Del Rio was killed while executing a drug-related search warrant at a home on Ruskin Road.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David M. DeVillers said Wells was charged by criminal complaint with making false statements on a federal firearms form.

Wells lied on ATF Form 4473 by indicating “yes” he was purchasing the firearm for himself, but court documents say he later admitted to buying them for someone else.

According to court documents, three firearms were recovered at the scene of the shooting on Ruskin Road, including two pistols with extended magazines and an AR-style weapon.

The documents state Wells admitted he bought the firearms for someone else and that once he purchased the weapons he provided them to the person he bought them for.

Wells pled that he had purchased all three of the firearms and at least six others in August and September of 2019.

Wells faces up to 10 years in prison and his sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on November 13.

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