Last night T.J. Lane and two other prisoners escaped from Allen Oakwood
Correctional Institute in Lima, Ohio around 7:45 pm. Lane, now 19, walked
into the Chardon High School cafeteria in 2012 and shot at random. He
killed three of his peers and injured another three. Lane was sentenced
to three life terms in prison in 2013.
Lane and the men escaped by scaling the facility's main perimeter fence.
One of the men, Lindsey Bruce, was quickly apprehended. Lane was captured
around 1:20 am early Friday morning. Officers found him about 100 yards
away from the prison outside of a church. Lane was taken into custody
without incident. The third escaped inmate, Clifford Opperud, was captured
early Friday morning.
Ian Friedman, Lane's former attorney, was shocked when he heard the
news. "I learned like everybody else, and then I did confirm with
the authorities just to make sure it was not a hoax," Attorney Friedman said.
People across Ohio, and especially in the small community of Chardon, were
shaken and outraged upon learning that Lane had escaped. "You never
plan on someone escaping and certainly someone of that notoriety, you
would think that they would take special precautions to prevent this,"
said Attorney Friedman.
Attorney Friedman hasn't spoken to his former client in about a year,
but he noted that the convicted killer was very intelligent. Attorney
Friedman told ABC News, "T.J. Lane is exceptionally smart there is
no doubt about that. If anyone could escape it would have to be someone
of that level of intelligence."
In Ohio and across the nation, people are asking how Lane and the others
could have escaped. "He wasn't in the maximum security facility.
That is something we have to sit down and take a look at," said Warden
Kevin Jones of the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institute.
Lane's total lack of remorse and profane behavior during his trial
and sentencing stunned the victims and their families, the prosecution,
the judge, and the defense. "There was no way to fully comprehend
what happened in the courtroom that afternoon," Attorney Friedman
"I'm sorry that we're all still here even talking about him,"
Attorney Friedman said.
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