The man charged with providing the gun used to kill two Westerville Police officers has pleaded guilty and now faces up to 10 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Gerald Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, bought the handgun that 31-year-old Quentin Smith used in the February slayings of Westerville officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.
Lawson pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aiding and abetting a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Lawson's family and public defender didn't comment. No sentencing date was set.
A criminal complaint says Smith gave Lawson the money to buy the gun last summer along with $100 for completing the transaction. Smith wasn't allowed to have weapons because of a previous burglary conviction.
Lawson originally pleaded not guilty, and was being held in jail without bond.