CHARDON -- Prosecutors say the families of the victims in the Chardon High School shooting are 100 percent in support of T.J. Lane's plea agreement which saw the 18-year-old admit guilt on all charges.
Lane now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced on March 19.
Following the plea hearing, Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz made the following statement:
"Over the course of the last several months we've worked with the families and walked through this process with them. And all of them are in 100 percent support of the plea agreement that we reached today.
"Today's result is the same that would have occurred had we had a jury trial. The defendant pleaded guilty to all six counts in the indictment and all six firearms specifications. That is the same result we would have expected if he had a jury trial. So this plea accomplishes what we hoped to accomplish from the outset which was to see that justice was done.
"It puts this matter in the hands of the judge and it will be up to the judge to fashion a sentence that is just and appropriate given the tragic circumstances in this case."
An aunt of Daniel Parmertor, one of the three teenage boys who died in the shooting, told WKYC that "It's an emotional day. It's an emotional week." She says Daniel's parents are "glad it's over and there will not be a trial."
Chardon will mark one-year since the shooting tomorrow.
Former Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce, now serving in Congress traveled from Washington to be present at the hearing and issued the following written statement:
"As we approach the one year anniversary of this horrific tragedy, it's comforting that the parents, family and friends of the three young victims will possibly be able to achieve some sense of closure. Nothing will ever come close to replacing the love and happiness these children brought to their families, but perhaps they will find some small comfort in being able to close this chapter of their lives. It goes without saying that the Chardon community will never forget Danny, Demetrius, and Russell and will continue to pray for these young men and their families."