Ethan Kollie Bio
Ethan Kollie is accused of buying the items for Connor Betts and keeping them at his apartment so his friend’s parents would not find them. Kollie is accused of lying on a federal form when he purchased a pistol for himself in May that required him to answer whether he is a user of any drugs illegal under federal law. Kollie answered “no,” and officials say that was a federal crime.
DAYTON SHOOTER’S FRIEND CHARGED: Ethan Kollie, was charged in the Southern District of Ohio with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user/addict of a controlled substance, as well as making a false statement regarding firearms. phttps://nbc4i.co/2H50zVM pic.twitter.com/gTPDdNj4JT
— NBC4 Columbus (@nbc4i) August 12, 2019
Ethan Kollie Age
He is 24 years old
Connor Betts Friend Ethan Kollie
He is a friend of the Ohio shooter, Connor Betts. He bought him body armor, a 100-round magazine and a firearm accessory earlier this year which was then used in the mass shooting, according to federal authorities.
Connor Betts, 24, opened fire in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, about a week ago, killing his sister and eight others.
Officers shot Betts, who was wearing bullet-resistant body armor, within 30 seconds, killing him just steps outside a crowded bar.
Authorities say Ethan Kollie bought Connor Betts body armor, a gun accessory, a 100-round magazine and kept them at his apartment so his friend’s parents would not find them https://t.co/cd1GqJPwdS #10TV
— 10TV.com (@10TV) August 12, 2019
Connor Betts, Ethan Kollie Friendship and Drugs
Kollie told authorities he had known Betts since at least 2014 when they had taken marijuana and acid together “four to five times a week.”
Despite his history with drugs—including a 2013 guilty plea for marijuana possession—Kollie allegedly answered “no” to a question about unlawful drug use on a form he filled out to purchase a handgun in May.
Friend of Dayton shooter, Ethan Kollie, is facing federal firearms charges.
— Marcus (@mnb84) August 12, 2019
Ethan Kollie Statement
He is said to have told the FBI he helped Betts assemble the firearm several months ago, The Daily Beast reports.
Police have said that there was nothing in Betts’ background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting.
Ethan Kollie, the friend of the Dayton gunman who killed nine people, told federal agents he bought him body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round magazine earlier this year, according to an unsealed court document. https://t.co/4FQyzCN3Hb pic.twitter.com/d7HG33AH7D
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 12, 2019
Ethan Kollie Charges
A charging document now says that 24-year-old Ethan Kollie ‘indicated he purchased body armor and a firearm accessory for Betts earlier this year’.
Prosecutors on Monday unsealed a charge against Kollie that accused him of lying about not using marijuana on federal firearms forms in the purchase of a pistol that was not used in the shooting.
Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, was charged with lying on federal firearms forms and illegally possessing weapons pic.twitter.com/a1rPwQGuR6
— US Attorney S. Ohio (@SDOHnews) August 12, 2019
Federal investigators emphasized that there no way an indication that Kollie knew that Betts was planning a mass shooting or how he would use the equipment.
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.
Federal officials also said on Monday that authorities have unlocked a cellphone belonging to Betts. What prosecutors find on the phone will be part of the ongoing investigation.
“It was opened late last week,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham. “And we’re reviewing the contents now.”
— Brittany Bailey (@BrittBaileyTV) August 12, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Ethan Kollie, 24, is accused of buying the items for Connor Betts and keeping them at his apartment so his friend’s parents would not find them
- Prosecutors say Kollie lied about not using marijuana on federal firearms forms in the purchase of a pistol that was not used in the shooting
- The charge comes a little over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton
- Betts, 24, opened fire killing his 22-year-old sister Megan and eight others
- Officers shot and killed Betts within 30 seconds of when his rampage started
- He had driven to the Oregon District with his friend Charles Beard and Megan