Man who illegally transferred gun used in murder-suicide goes to jail

Justin Coleman appears in a Marion County courtroom Wednesday, June 12, 2019. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail for illegally transferring a gun that was used in a murder-suicide. (KATU Photo)

The man who didn't follow all legal requirements in transferring a gun that was eventually used in a murder-suicide will spend 60 days in jail.

A judge handed down the sentence to Justin Coleman in a Marion County courtroom Wednesday.

Though Coleman was a licensed firearms dealer, he didn't follow all legal requirements, like conducting a background check, in transferring a gun to David Cote. Cote used the gun to kill his ex-girlfriend, Bethany Schuch, in March 2018.

"The final horrifying minutes of my beautiful daughter's life were spent looking at Justin Coleman's scoped rifle pointed at her by killer David Cote," said Lesley Arle, Schuch's mother, in court Wednesday.

Coleman also addressed the courtroom.

"I guess he duped us all," he said, speaking about Cote. "I guess I just got a little off path for a moment."

Coleman also said he was ashamed to have ever known Cote.

In addition to the 60 days in jail, Coleman will also be forbidden from owning guns for the rest of his life.

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