A friend of the Oregon District mass shooter who purchased parts of the weapon used during the 2019 shooting was transferred from a federal institution in West Virginia to community confinement closer to Dayton.
Ethan Kollie, 27, was sentenced in February 2020 to 32 months in prison for illegally possessing firearms and lying on a federal firearms form.
On Thursday, he was transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown to community confinement overseen by the Bureau of Prisons’ Cincinnati Residential Reentry Management Office, the Bureau of Prisons confirmed to the Dayton Daily News.
In 2020, the Department of Justice said federal agents interviewed Kollie in connection to the mass shooting and searched his residence. They found a pistol, ammunition, marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms and more, the DOJ said.
“When purchasing the micro Draco pistol in May 2019, Kollie lied on an ATF form asking if he was an unlawful user of or addict to marijuana or any other controlled substance,” the DOJ said. “Kollie answered no, when in fact he knew he was an unlawful user of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.”
The DOJ said that Kollie also helped Connor Betts assemble the AM-15 used in the mass shooting. It also said the two practiced firing the gun at a local range. Kollie cooperated with investigators and took full responsibility for his crimes of lying on an ATF form and possessing firearms as a drug user, his attorney Nicholas Gounaris previously said, but the FBI and other investigators found no evidence he is responsible for planning or taking part in the Oregon District shooting.
Gournaris declined comment Friday.
A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said community confinement can mean either home confinement or a residential reentry center. Because of privacy and safety concerns, the bureau does not discuss individual inmates’ conditions of confinement but did confirm that generally, eligible inmates can be transferred to community confinement as their release date nears.
A judge recommended that Kollie get credit for time he spent in jail before his prison sentence and Kollie is expected to be released from custody on June 28, 2022. Court documents say Kollie will be on supervised release for three years.