CHARDON -- The teenager who killed three students and wounded three more at Chardon High School last year has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Judge David Fuhry sentenced T.J. Lane, 18, to life in prison without parole on each of three aggravated murder charges. The sentences will run consecutively.
In sentencing Lane, Judge Fuhry noted that Lane had exhibited a lack of compassion and no remorse during the proceedings. Judge Fuhry described the shootings in the school cafeteria as a "merciless rampage." He continued, "We haven't been provided a clear motive or even a murky one."
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Following the 2012 shootings, Lane told deputies he didn't know why he fired the shots but said, "It was something I chose to do."
Judge Fuhry said there was no evidence that Lane suffered from any mental or cognitive impairment and said Lane knew what he was doing that day and he knew it was wrong.
Lane's attorney Ian Friedman told the court during the sentencing hearing Tuesday that Lane did not wish his defense team to present any witnesses, statements or other evidence to mitigate his sentence.
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The teen entered the court wearing a button down shirt but took that off to reveal a white T-shirt with the word "killer" handwritten in marker on it. The prosecution noted in the hearing the shirt is similar to one that Lane wore the day of the shootings in 2012.
When Lane addressed the court he flipped the middle finger and used profane language toward those in the courtroom including the victims' families.
"You're really lucky there's so many police in this room right now," Holly Walczak said as she began her plea to the judge to give Lane the maximum sentence for the injuries he caused her son Nick.
Dina Parmertor described her life as painful after losing her son, Danny.
"There are many more words that I wish I could say that would express my pure disgust and hatred for you. But unlike you, as we've seen today, I obey the law and that's why I'm standing here a free person, something you will never be. I hope you have a cold, rough, unkind prison life with monsters like yourself," said Parmertor.
Lane's guilty plea on Feb. 26 came on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks. Daniel Parmertor, Russell King Jr., and Demterius Hewlin were killed and three others were wounded, two seriously, including Nick Walczak who is now confined to a wheelchair.
Lane wasn't subject to the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the crimes.
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