Families File Lawsuit Against TJ Lane

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CHARDON– The families of the Chardon High School shooting victims have filed a lawsuit against the shooter, T.J. Lane.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday morning in Lake County Common Pleas Court, exactly one year after the shooting.

Russell King, Jr., 17, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Danny Parmertor, 16, were killed in the shooting on Feb. 27, 2012. Three other students were injured.

The suit names Lane, his parents, his maternal grandparents and his uncle.  The parents and grandparents were named because the suit states they were responsible for Lane’s “care, custody, and control.”

The uncle was named as a defendant because he owned the  .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting and was responsible for the proper and safe securing of the firearm.

Lane changed his plea to guilty on Tuesday.

He’ll be sentenced March 19th and could face 26 years to life in prison.