A man accused of providing a handgun used to kill a central Indiana sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to all but one of the charges he’d faced.
Twenty-three-year-old John Ball pleaded guilty Friday in Boone County to five drug-related charges and a charge of providing a firearm to an ineligible person.
Under his plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop a murder charge Ball had faced.
Prosecutors said Ball gave Baumgardt a handgun prior to Pickett’s shooting despite knowing Baumgardt wasn’t eligible to buy one.
The 34-year-old deputy was shot while pursuing Baumgardt with his police dog. He died three days later.