A person who provided Dayton shooter Connor Betts the body armor he used during his attack will face federal firearms charges, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN on Monday, Aug. 12.
Police have said there was nothing in his background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting.
Todd Wickerham of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tells reporters Monday that it does not appear Kollie knew how Betts would use that equipment.
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.
The FBI then sourced a copy of the ATF form that Kollie filled out to purchase the pistol that the agents saw in his home.
When purchasing weapons, Kollie checked the "No" box when asked if he used drugs, Glassman said.
In a follow-up interview last week, Mr. Kollie admitted to agents that he and Betts did "hard drugs", acid and marijuana four or five times a week in 2014 and 2015, and Mr. Kollie said he himself smoked marijuana daily since he was 14.
Benjamin Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of OH, stressed that federal officials do not consider Kollie a conspirator in the mass shooting, but any crimes identified over the course of the investigation, whether directly related or not, will be pursued.
The charging document said Ethan Kollie bought the items for 24-year-old Connor Betts and kept them at his apartment so his friend's parents would not find them. But, investigators discovered marijuana inside Kollie's home.
Federal investigators emphasized that there was no evidence that Kollie knew how Connor Betts would use the equipment or that Kollie intentionally took part in the planning.
"Possessing controlled substances and a firearm is itself a crime", Glassman noted.
Kollie is facing up to 15 years in prison.
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