Prison Sentence for man who Provided Gun in Westerville Police Shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The man who sold the gun used in the shooting deaths of two Westerville Police officers will spend five years in prison.

The sentence was handed down in US District Court Thursday for Gerald Lawson, who had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Lawson sold the handgun to Quentin Smith, who in turn shot and killed Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, when they responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Crosswind Drive on February 10th.

Smith was not permitted to own a firearm due to his past violent criminal history.

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