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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
David DeVillers
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jennifer Thornton

Friend of Dayton Mass Shooter Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearm, Lying on Federal Firearms Form

DAYTON – Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, a friend of the Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to illegally possessing firearms and lying on federal firearms form 4473.

As part of his guilty plea, Kollie acknowledged lying on a United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473 when purchasing a micro Draco pistol, specifically while answering question 11e 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. Kollie answered falsely because he knew he would not be able to obtain the micro Draco pistol if he answered truthfully. 

During searches of Kollie and his residence following the Aug. 4 shooting, law enforcement officers recovered the micro Draco pistol, which was loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, additional weapons, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and psychedelic mushroom grow equipment.

Kollie illegally possessed at various times four firearms in total, namely, the micro Draco pistol, a 9mm handgun, a 38 Special revolver, and an AR-15 rifle. The micro Draco pistol and the AR-15 are both semi-automatic weapons and could accept more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

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. Congress sets the maximum statutory sentence. Sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20.

David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Joseph M. Deters, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl, announced the plea entered into today before Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose. First Assistant United States Attorney Vipal J. Patel and Deputy Criminal Chief Dominick S. Gerace are representing the United States in this case.


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