Ohio shooting suspect T.J. Lane accepts plea agreement

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CHARDON, Ohio -- A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school in February 2012 has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

T.J. Lane, 18, entered the plea Tuesday in Chardon, Ohio, in a deal with prosecutors.

Mr. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, among other charges. As part of the agreement, prosecutors removed the death penalty specifications.

Prosecutors say Mr. Lane fired 10 shots at students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. He was there waiting for a bus to his alternative school.

Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it.

Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Mr. Lane was mentally competent despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.

Prosecutors say Mr. Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

He isn't eligible for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the shootings, even though he was charged as an adult.

Ian Friedman, an attorney for Mr. Lane, said Tuesday he expects his client to be sentenced in about three weeks.



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