Member of Lane’s defense team ‘not that surprised’ by bold action

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of T.J. Lane's attorneys said her heart went out to the Chardon community after the convicted school shooter escaped from prison Thursday evening.

Lane was captured early Friday morning and taken back to the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

But news of his break was enough to shake a community still healing from the Feb. 27, 2012 tragedy.  Three students were killed and three others were wounded.

“The people in Chardon, it’s such a warm community, everyone has always treated us very well, even us on the defense team.  So I love to go out there and my heart was a little heavy for them last night, having to go through thinking about this again,” said Anne Walton Keller, one of Lane's attorneys.

The last time she saw Lane was shortly after the March 2013 sentencing.  Lane was ordered to serve three life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders of 16-year-old Danny Parmertor, 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin and 17-year-old Russell King Jr.

"I was surprised initially," Walton said of Lane's escape, "but this isn’t the first time he’s surprised any of us. He’s done a few things that are shocking."

"It wasn't that surprising that he took bold action," she added.

Two other inmates escaped Thursday night.  They, too, were captured.  The three may have gotten free by scaling a fence.

Criminal and administrative investigations were ongoing.

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