Probe begun at Oregon girl’s death leads to 26 arrests

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Southern Oregon authorities say 26 people have been arrested on weapons, drug and other charges after an investigation that began with the accidental killing of a 5-year-old girl by a Grants Pass man using a military-style rifle as a crutch to get up from a couch.

The Daily Courier reported Wednesday the investigation involved “straw” purchases of weapons — sales to someone who buys on behalf of another person to conceal that person’s identity.

Authorities said the man convicted in the girl’s killing, 30-year-old Jon Meyer Jr., was involved in such a purchase, touching off the investigation revealed Wednesday. Five more people are being sought.

In a bargain with prosecutors, Meyer pleaded guilty in 2013 to manslaughter and other charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.

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