Lane Pleads Guilty to Chardon High Shooting

Posted on: 9:23 am, February 26, 2013, by , updated on: 01:53pm, February 26, 2013

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.

*Click here to read the entire T.J. Lane plea deal

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.

For up-to-the-minute updates, follow below in our LIVE blog:

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201312:19 pm

Prosecutors: Important to community to wrap up case before remembrance ceremonies.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201312:17 pm

Prosecutors: Dropping death specifications had no effect because Lane wasn’t eligible for death penalty anyway because of his age at time of shooting.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201312:16 pm

Prosecutors at press conference: Families in support of plea agreement. We expected same results had we had jury trial.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201312:02 pm

Lane’s attorney: Lane and Nolan families are victims as well.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:51 am

Victims’ families remain seated.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:50 am

Lane leaves courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:50 am

Court adjourned.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:48 am

State asks Lane to withdrawal his original not guilty plea by reason of insanity plea. Lane complies.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:47 am

Fuhry: Lane convicted on all charges. Sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:46 am

Lane admits to the crimes. Fuhry accepts guilty plea.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:45 am

Lane pleads guilty to count 6 — felonious assault of Joy Rickers.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:45 am

Lane pleads guilty to count 5 — attempted aggravated murder of Nick Walczak.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:44 am

Lane pleads guilty of count 4 — attempted aggravated murder of Nate Mueller.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:43 am

Lane pleads guilty to count 3 — aggravated murder of 16-year-old Danny Parmertor.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:42 am

Lane pleads guilty to count 2 — aggravated murder of 17-year-old Russell King, Jr..

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:42 am

Lane pleads guilty to count 1 — aggravated murder of 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:41 am

Prosecutor: If this had gone to trial, state would have proved aggravated murder for all counts of murder, attempted murder and felonious assault, with firearm specifications.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:39 am

Lane says he is freely pleading guilty to all counts, says his counsel does not agree with his pleas.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:36 am

Hearing resumes.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:36 am

Lane’s attorney interrupts Fuhry to consult with Lane.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:34 am

Lane has appeared expressionless throughout this hearing.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:34 am

Fuhry asks Lane if he understands that if he receives the maximum sentence, he’s looking at three life sentences — back-to-back. Lane says, “Yes, Your Honor.”

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:29 am

Fuhry goes over maximum sentencing for each charge.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:28 am

Lane says he doesn’t have questions about his rights.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:27 am

Lane’s grandpa nods head in agreement each time Lane says, “Yes, Your Honor.”

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:24 am

Fuhry tells Lane he’ll sentence him because of the agreement. Lane says he understands.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:22 am

No death penalty specifications with the charges.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:21 am

Lane acknowledges all the counts of attempted murder and felonious assault.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:20 am

Lane acknowledges all the counts of murder, with firearm specifications.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:17 am

Lane tells judge he understands the deal, says he has complete confidence in his legal team.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:16 am

Fuhry asks Lane for his name and other questions.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:15 am

Fuhry confirms with Lane that he understands charges, says he’ll ask questions.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:14 am

Lane says he’ll plead guilty to the charges including firearm specifications with the counts of murder and felonious assault. Total: 6 charges. Mass murder specifications will be removed. All parties agree to the plea deal.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:12 am

Prosecutor: Lane will plead guilty to count 1 of murder of Hewlin; plead guilty to King, Jr.; plead guilty to count 3 — murder of Parmertor; Plead guilty to attempted murder of Nate Mueller; plead guilty to count 5 — attempted murder of Nick Walczak.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:10 am

Fuhry confirms Lane’s signature on plea agreement.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:08 am

Prosecutor: Lane’s drug test after shooting came back negative.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:08 am

Judge David Fuhry announces change of plea.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:07 am

Lane returns to courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:06 am

Lane’s family re-enters courtroom. Walczak returns, also.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201311:05 am

Victims’ families re-enter courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:56 am

Attorneys talk before the continuation of the T.J. Lane hearing.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:51 am

Attorneys from both sides in their seats, talking.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:49 am

Courtroom filling up again.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:26 am

UPDATE: FOX 8 camera in the courtroom now. Video is working. T.J. Lane has not yet entered his plea, according to a crew member inside. Judge ordered a 15 minute recess before his expected plea.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:20 am

Hearing appears to be in recess.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:09 am

Media room lost connection in the courtroom. Pool camera is working on the issue.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:06 am

Lane has a buzzed haircut; wearing a green, button down shirt.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:06 am

T.J. Lane takes his seat in the courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:06 am

Chardon shooting survivor Nick Walczak also in courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:04 am

Bergant, Fetchik enter the courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:03 am

Pool camera having audio trouble. We’re told they’re working on the issue.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:02 am

T.J. Lane’s family enters the courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 201310:01 am

Shooting victims’ families just entered the courtroom.

Lindsay Buckingham February 26, 20139:58 am

Chardon Principal Andy Fetchik, Superintendent Joseph Bergant II and other city officials just took their seats in the courtroom.