Nathan Daniel Vogel leaves federal court following a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Vogel, a man who pleaded guilty to lying about buying the firearm used to kill college athlete Lauren McCluskey has been sentenced to three years of supervised release. Vogel said he accepts responsibility for loaning the weapon to McCluskey’s ex-boyfriend Melvin Rowland, who killed her last year. | AP

SALT LAKE CITY — The man who illegally purchased the gun that killed University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey will not serve any more time behind bars, a U.S. District Court judge determined Wednesday.

Nathan Daniel Vogel, 22, was sentenced to three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. He will receive credit for the time he has already served, Judge Tena Campbell said.

Standing before the court Wednesday, Vogel said he was “terribly sorry” for what he had done.

“It was a terrible loss of life,” Vogel said, adding that he accepted responsibility for his actions.

In pleading guilty in June, Vogel admitted to illegally buying a handgun at a Salt Lake City store on Sept. 8, 2018. Because Vogel was afraid he wouldn’t be able to buy the gun that same day due to his military background, he gave 24-year-old Sarah Emily Lady money to make the purchase for him, and she filled out a form claiming she was the one buying the gun, according to the plea agreement. Once they were outside the store, Lady handed the gun over to Vogel.

Vogel would go on to lend the .40-caliber Beretta handgun to his co-worker Melvin Rowland, who used it to shoot McCluskey in a parking lot outside her dorm just over a month after the purchase.

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