Lane Pleads Guilty to Chardon High Shooting
CHARDON, Ohio — T.J. Lane has pleaded guilty to the shooting that took the lives of three classmates and injured three others last February 27 at Chardon High School.
Lane admitted guilt on the following counts:
Count 1: Aggravated murder of 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin.
Count 2: Aggravated murder of 17-year-old Russell King, Jr.
Count 3: Aggravated murder of 16-year-old Danny Parmertor.
Count 4: Attempted aggravated murder of Nate Mueller.
Count 5: Attempted aggravated murder of Nick Walczak.
Count 6: Felonious assault of Joy Rickers.
Lane originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, but he withdrew that plea during Tuesday’s hearing.
After accepting his plea deal, Judge David Fuhry told Lane he could face the maximum sentence: three life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Lane, 18, appeared expressionless throughout the hearing, answering with “Yes, Your Honor,” after each question was asked.
At a press conference after the hearing, prosecutors said that the families of the victims and survivors were in support of the plea deal.
Lane will be sentenced on March 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday’s hearing comes a day before the one-year marker of the tragedy.
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