CHARDON: A teenager who pleaded guilty in a deadly school shooting rampage faces up to life in prison at his sentencing on Tuesday.
Victims of 18-year-old T.J. Lane and relatives of the murdered victims will have a chance to address the sentencing judge in Chardon on his guilty plea to killing three students and wounding three more.
The shootings occurred 13 months ago at Chardon High School. Lane was in the school cafeteria waiting for a bus to his alternative school.
No motive has been detailed.
The hearing before Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry will offer the families their first public chance to describe the pain Lane inflicted on their loved ones and their lives.
According to a Plain Dealer story, it was unclear whether Lane would address the judge or provide an explanation of why he fired the shots. His attorneys said earlier that Lane didn’t want to present any mitigating factors in his favor, including a troubled family life.
Lane faces life in prison. Under Ohio law, the earliest release possible will be in 26 years. Fuhry will decide when — and if — Lane would be eligible for release from prison.
“I feel he should be locked up for the rest of his life,” Domenick Iammarino, grandfather of slain victim Daniel Parmertor said. “It was a despicable, premeditated act. He should breathe his last breath in prison.”
Lane pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault. He admitted that he fired the .22-caliber weapon, which belonged to an uncle, 10 times. He killed Daniel, 16; Demetrius Hewlin, 16; and Russell King Jr., 17.