Dustan Lawson, who is facing federal charges after authorities said he helped furnish serial killer Todd Kohlhepp with firearms, appeared in court on Wednesday for a plea hearing.
Kohlhepp, who admitted to killing seven people, was unable to legally own a firearm after he was convicted of kidnapping in Arizona in 1986. Lawson was indicted in October 2017 on 36 federal charges after authorities said he had purchased guns and transferred them to Kohlhepp.
The firearms allegedly purchased by Lawson and transferred to Kohlhepp include a FII .40 caliber handgun, a Sig Sauer 7.62 rifle, Barrett 82A1 .50 caliber rifle, Glock .45 caliber handgun, Glock .40 caliber handgun, Glock 9mm handgun, Sig Sauer 5.56 rifle, Sig Sauer .45 caliber handgun, PTR .308 rifle, Sig Sauer 9mm handgun, and Ruger 308 handgun, along with multiple Advanced Armament Corp. firearm silencers.
29 of the 32 guns found on Kohlhepp's property were bought by Lawson.
According to documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act Request, Lawson said he heard Kohlhepp admit to the Superbike Motorsports quadruple slaying and talk about wanting to keep a woman as a sex slave, but said Kohlhepp told "such wild stories" that it was hard to tell what was true.
Lawson said he knew Kohlhepp was a felon when he made the weapons transfer.
Lawson appeared for a pre-trial conference in federal court in Greenville at 2 p.m. At the hearing, he pleaded guilty to all 36 federal charges. Each charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
He has 90 days to face sentencing and is able to go home during that time period.
Lorraine Lucas, the mother of Brian Lucas who was killed in the Superbike murders, was also present for the hearing. Outside the courthouse, she said victims' families would be following any developments in this case and others connected to Kohlhepp.
"We want this gentleman to be given the maximum sentence," Lucas said.
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