Judge: Friend of Oregon District shooter has ‘serious mental health concerns’

Oregon District Shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Kettering man who police say helped Oregon District shooter Connor Betts to hide weapons and equipment from his family appeared in federal court Wednesday.

Lawyers for 24-year-old Ethan Kollie spoke Wednesday after an arraignment in a Dayton federal court. They asked the judge to grant home detention for Kollie in Montgomery County.

Kollie will remain in jail at least one more day while the judge considers whether to allow him home detention while the case moves through the courts.

According to Magistrate Judge Michael Newman, Kollie’s landlord does not want him staying at his apartment in Kettering, and a second address Kollie gave was near the Ohio-West Virginia border, making it difficult for pretrial services to regularly visit him.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman also spoke after the detention hearing. Glassman said the government would prefer Kollie remain in detention.

Court will begin again Thursday at 3:30 pm.

According to federal officials, 24-year-old Ethan Kollie did not know about the August 4 attack before it happened, but he allegedly lied to purchase guns and bought some of the accessories used by the Oregon District shooter.

Kollie faces federal charges unrelated to the shooting and could face up to 15 years in prison.

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