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article imageOp-Ed: Teen killer mocks victims and their families in court

By Alexander Baron     Mar 20, 2013 in Crime
Chardon - What do you call a teenager who murders three fellow students then mocks both them and their families? TJ. Lane. And just so there could be no misunderstanding, he did it in court before the cameras.
The horrific Sandy Hook shooting which claimed 26 lives including those of 20 young innocents has all but overshadowed other "lesser" mass murders in the US of late, but the crimes of teenager T.J. Lane will be painted just as black in the annals of infamy, because Adam Lanza's suicide gives us the hope that he was a tormented soul. There can be no such hope or cop out for Thomas Lane III, because he did not do the world the service of taking his own life after murdering Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King, Junior. Russell King was 17; the other two were both a year younger.
Lane shot and killed his fellow students in February last year. Three others were wounded during what has become known as the Chardon High School shooting.
Obviously with a crime of this nature and the perpetrator so young, the authorities needed to ensure he was fit to stand trial. There was a competency hearing last May. Judge Timothy J. Grendell ruled that he was. In October, he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, but later he changed it to guilty. One of the survivors was present; Nick Walczak was in a wheelchair.
This guilty plea meant there would be no jury trial, but Lane had his day in court anyway. He turned up wearing a blue shirt, which he pealed off to reveal a white T-shirt with the word KILLER emblazoned on it. (Lane had actually bought such a shirt 7 days before the mass shooting). But he wasn't done yet. Extending his middle finger he told the victims' families:
"This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory. F*** all of you".
As lead prosecutor James R. Flaiz detailed his crimes to the court, Lane smirked.
Judge Fuhry sentenced Lane to three consecutive life terms without parole; afterwards, Flaiz spoke to reporters outside in the snow; he was, he said totally disgusted by Lane's antics, especially with the shirt.
His earlier observation summed up Lane in a nutshell: he is an evil person.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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