Man pleads guilty to selling one of guns used by officer's killer

By  | 

A gun dealer accused of illegally selling a gun used by the man who fatally shot a South Bend police officer has changed his plea to guilty.

Seventy-one-year-old Ronald Wedge of Bristol has acknowledged in federal court that he falsified information when he sold a .22 caliber handgun to Scott Barnaby at an April 21st gun show.

Three days later, Corporal Nick Polizzotto was killed while investigating reports of gunfire. Police found the 45-year-old Barnaby at a nearby motel. He was killed in a shootout with police.

Federal prosecutors dropped one of three counts against Wedge in return for his guilty plea to the other two counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.