TJ Lane, 18, received three life sentences without chance of parole after admitting killing three students in a high school cafeteria, in February 2012. The BBC reports "Lane pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault".
In court for sentencing Lane showed a lack of humility and no remorse. Opening his shirt he revealed a white T Shirt on which he had written in large letters the word killer. He smirked throughout the hearing, making foul gestures at the victims loved ones as they addressed the court.
Just another nut? There was evidence to show that he suffered psychosis and hallucinations, but he was still found competent to be tried as an adult.
Using a .22-calibre pistol he fired 10 shots at a group of students at Chardon High School, Ohio. He launched his attack whilst he was waiting for a bus and his victims were in the cafeteria, killing 16-year-olds Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, and Russell King, 17, and injuring three others. Lane was on his way to school, one for children unable to fit in with traditional teaching.
Too young for the death sentence his victims relatives pushed for the maximum sentence.
Late in the trial Lane changed his plea. He withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted aggravated murder. Why? Who knows. Throughout the trial Lane said he did not know why he shot the teenagers.
A nut? An idiot? A troubled young man? Evil? Without knowing the young man who can tell. Once again though it raises the question of gun ownership in the USA. How come such a young man had a loaded pistol on his person? Lane had no idea why he shot the teenagers. The conclusion? Lives lost due to lax gun laws once more.