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Man tied to gun that killed 2 Westerville officers facing 5 years in prison

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Gerald Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, was arrested for buying the handgun that Quentin Smith allegedly used in the February slayings (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Family members of two Ohio police officers killed responding to a domestic violence call earlier this year are asking for the toughest sentence for the man who provided the gun used in the shooting.

Elizabeth Morelli is the daughter of officer Anthony Morelli, slain in February along with officer Eric Joering in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. She asked federal judge Edmund Sargus in a letter filed with the court Tuesday to hold defendant Gerald Lawson responsible for his actions.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, bought the handgun that Quentin Smith allegedly used in the February slayings.

Prosecutors want a five-year prison term when Lawson is sentenced Oct. 18. Lawson's attorney is seeking six months of home confinement and three years of probation.

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