TJ Lane, 18, was wearing a T-shirt on Tuesday saying “Killer” and made obscene gestures and laughed sarcastically at trial against
TJ Lane , 18, was wearing a T-shirt on Tuesday saying ” Killer “and made obscene gestures and laughed sarcastically. Last month he pleaded guilty to murder in February 2012 to students in high school Chardon , east of Cleveland. Investigators have said they admitted making the shots but said he did not know why he did it.
Before the case was submitted in an adult court last year, a judge of a juvenile court ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial, despite evidence that he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.
Lane was defiant at sentencing, condescending laughing at the hearing, which discussed four relatives of the victims.
Lane calmly unbuttoned his shirt to show the blue shirt that said “murderer,” according to the prosecutor that was similar to the one she wore during the events.
At one point he turned in his chair where his family and those of the deceased. Then he uttered a single sentence.
“The hand that pulled the trigger that killed his children now masturbates in her memory,” he said, then curse and make obscene gestures to the families of the victims.
Parmertor Dina, mother of one victim, Daniel said that Lane was “a pathetic excuse for a human being” and wished him “a very slow and torturous death.” Parmertor said he suffers from nightmares and that his family has been greatly affected by the murders.
“From now on, it will only be a murderer,” said Parmertor, while Lane smiled. “I want to feel my anger towards him.”
Prosecutors say Lane brought a .22 caliber pistol and a knife to school and fired 10 rounds at a group of students in the cafeteria. Hewlin Parmertor and Demetrius Daniel, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, died in the attack.
Chardon Lane was waiting for a bus to go to an alternative school for students who do not do well in traditional schools.
Lane had pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.
Lane faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole. They could not put to death because he was 17 at the time of the incident. Relatives of the murdered students had expressed that they wanted to condemn the death penalty.
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