Ohio School Shooter Wears 'Killer' T-Shirt to Sentencing

TJ Lane also flips off victims' families

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 19, 2013 11:09 AM CDT | Updated Mar 19, 2013 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – An incredibly disturbing end to an incredibly disturbing crime: Ohio school shooter TJ Lane showed up to his sentencing hearing today wearing a white T-shirt bearing what the AP describes as the apparently handwritten word "killer." Lane had in February pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder among other crimes, and was handed three lifetime sentences without the possibility of parole. But gasps rang out following the sentence, as Lane gave the room the middle finger and announced "F--- all of you," reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He also made a comment that we find too offensive to run; the Plain Dealer has it.

Lane reportedly also wore a shirt that read "Killer" when he opened fire last year in Chardon High School's cafeteria, in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it, and the prosecutor emphasized that today: "What we're dealing with is a disgusting human being. ... He still refuses to offer any explanation for why he did this. The only explanation I can offer the court is he is an evil person." CNN notes that Lane opted not to have his attorneys present any evidence at the hearing.

T.J. Lane unbuttons his shirt during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio.
T.J. Lane unbuttons his shirt during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio.   (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio.
T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio.   (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
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