Butler County man pleads guilty to lying on federal form for firearm used to murder DEA task force officer

Butler County man pleads guilty to lying on federal form for firearm used to murder DEA task force officer

DAYTON — A Butler County man plead guilty Friday to making a false statement in connection to the firearm used in killing Dayton Police Detective and DEA Task Force Officer Jorge DelRio on November 4, 2019.

Delano Wells, 50, was charged by criminal complaint with making false statements on a federal firearms form.

According to court documents, three firearms were recovered from the scene on Ruskin Road: two pistols with extended magazines and an AR-style weapon.

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ATF was called to assist with tracing the firearms. Wells purchased all three firearms and at least six others in August and September 2019.

Wells lied on ATF Form 4473 by indicating he was purchasing the firearm for himself but in reality he purchased the firearms on behalf of another individual.

Wells admitted as part of his plea that he purchased firearms on behalf of another individual.

Wells now faces up to 10 years in prison, and sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on November 13.