T.J. Lane, the Ohio 17-year-old who went on a shooting spree in Feb. 2012, killing three teenage boys, his half brother and leaving another boy paralyzed, was in court on Tuesday, openly mocking the victim’s families and expressing his pleasure over the killing.
The killing spree happened inside the Chardon High School cafeteria. Among the victims were Lane’s half brother Adam Nolan, 20, Russell King Jr., 16, Daniel Parmertor, 16 and Demetrius Hewlin, 17.
Nick Walczak, 17, was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot in the back and the neck. Two others were also shot and then treated and released.
Lane was not a student at the school, but was waiting at the school to catch a bus to an alternative school.
After one of the victim’s fathers spoke in court and said, “That child stole my baby’s life and he should never be able to do that to anyone.”
T.J. Lane, who is now 18-year-old, smirked at the father’s pain donning a white t-shirt which was written upon it, “KILLER”.
Another victim’s loved approached the podium and said directly to Lane, “You can smile all you want…I feel sorry for you.”
Mother of Danny Parmertor called Lane “weak, pathetic” and a “vile coward.”
The court appearance on Tuesday allowed family members to address the shooter just before sentencing. Lane pled guilty to three counts of murder on Feb. 27. Because Lane was a minor when the shooting occurred, he is is not eligible for the death penalty.
When it came time for Lane to make a statement, Lane told the victim’s family members, “The hand that pulls the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory.”
Lane then went on to say, “F*** you all,” then proceeded to give the families his middle finger.
Lane’s sister was also in attendance and told media afterwards, “It may be hard for some to understand, but I love my brother, and hope that wherever the sentence and life takes him in the future that he can touch others’ lives in a positive way from a point of view that only he can give.”
According to Cleveland Live, Sadie also expressed her sympathy and condolences to family members of the victims. Sadie said that the brother she saw in the courtroom today was not the brother that she knew.
Lane was sentenced today to three life terms in prison with no chance of parole, another act that elicited a chuckle from Lane.