T.J. Lane, the student who shot and killed three students in the Chardon High School cafeteria last February, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
At today’s sentencing, the judge in the case suggested Lane, now 18, committed the killings because he wanted to “make a name for himself,” WKSU reports:
[Geauga County Judge David Fuhry] said Lane has shown no remorse, and has never given a motive for his actions. Fuhry says all this makes him a very dangerous person… because he acted without motive.
“So we’re left to infer a motive, if we are to determine one at all. It appears to the court that the defendant simply wished to make a name for himself, to make a big splash in the media.”
After his arrest last year, Lane at one point told police he didn’t know why he opened fire.
The prosecutor in the case said today it was because Lane was “evil:”
Prosecutor James Flaiz also responded, saying: “What we’re dealing with is a disgusting human being. … He still refuses to offer any explanation for why he did this. The only explanation I can offer the court is he is an evil person.”
But Lane’s sister, who was in the Chardon cafeteria during the shooting, said she still loves him, despite what he did.
Lane initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and an expert testified Lane suffered from serious mental problems. But a second evaluation found he was competent to stand trial. Lane finally pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges against his laweyers’ advice.
Lane plans to appeal.