Attorney: Guilty plea was TJ Lane's decision

3:52 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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CHARDON -- The attorney representing the teen accused in the Chardon High School shooting says the decision to plead guilty was "T.J.'s and T.J.'s alone."

Ian Friedman made a statement following Lane's guilty plea in court this morning. Lane pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated murder, two charges of attempted murder and one count of felonious assault in the shootings in February 2012 that left three students dead and three others injured.

Lane now faces up to life in prison without parole when he is sentenced on March 19.

Speaking outside the courthouse, Friedman issued this statement on the plea:

"Today's plea to aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault will certainly yield an extraordinary period of incarceration for T.J. Lane. The decision to plead guilty was T.J.'s and T.J.'s alone. This plea does foreclose upon any potential previously raised defenses and those to still have possibly been developed. It is hoped this decision will bring closure to what has been a tragic year for the victims, their families and loved ones, T.J.'s family and the entire community both near and far.

"People have called for this acknowledgment of guilt immediately after that horrific day. Every citizen though no matter how heinous his or her crime must be afforded process of law. ...

"T.J.'s plea of guilty is a complete admission to each and every element of each every crime. T.J. has made it clear the he will not seek to mitigate what has been done."


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