DOJ: Friend of Dayton shooter to face federal charges

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

Just days after the shooting, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced a package of gun control measures, including requiring background checks for almost all gun sales in Ohio and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

"During that first interview, Kollie allegedly told agents that he likes guns and now owns a handgun and a micro Draco pistol", reads the statement.

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

Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, Connor Betts approached a packed crowd in front of Ned Peppers bar and unloaded about 40 rounds in just 32 seconds.

Onlookers in Dayton mourn the nine people who died when a gunman opened fire in a crowd outside a popular bar in the city's Oregon District earlier this month.

Kollie, who was arrested Friday, said he and Betts did "hard drugs", marijuana and acid together four or five times a week between 2014 and 2015, according to Glassman. But, investigators discovered marijuana inside Kollie's home.

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

Betts also allegedly made a "rape list" of female classmates he wanted to sexually assault as well as a "hit list" that was later found in a school bathroom. "Kollie and Betts allegedly assembled the AM-15 in Kollie's apartment approximately 10 weeks ago". Kollie also told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents he smokes marijuana every day and has done so since he was 14, and that he uses psychedelic mushrooms he grows in his residence, Glassman said.

Kollie allegedly told agents he bought a high-capacity ammunition magazine, body armor, and part of the receiver for Betts' firearm.

The FBI said last week that Betts, had a history of violent obsessions and had mused about committing mass murder before his rampage in Dayton's historic downtown. "At that time, Betts took possession of it, the assembled weapon, and the body armor".

Glassman said Kollie was charged with making a false statement about his use of illegal drugs in order to buy himself a Draco pistol.

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