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2 charged with loaning gun in university death plead guilty

June 3, 2019
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, a photograph of University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot on campus, is projected on the video board before the start of an NCAA college football game between Oregon and Utah in Salt Lake City. The parents of Lauren McCluskey say their formerly shy daughter was brimming with confidence and excited to graduate before she was fatally shot on campus last year. Jill and Matt McCluskey told the Deseret News newspaper in Salt Lake City that 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey planned to move to San Diego after her scheduled graduation in May. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two people accused of lying about buying the firearm used to kill college athlete Lauren McCluskey have pleaded guilty.

Court documents show 21-year-old Nathan Daniel Vogel and 24-year-old Sarah Emily Lady pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements.

Authorities have said Vogel lent the gun to McCluskey’s ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland without knowing what he intended to do with it.

Nevertheless, prosecutors say he and Lady originally purchased the gun illegally because she lied on his behalf to bypass a required waiting period.

Vogel called Rowland an acquaintance in court documents.

McCluskey and Rowland had briefly dated and broken up before he shot her outside her dorm at the University of Utah last year.

Attorneys for Lady and Vogel could not be immediately reached for comment.

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