School Shooter Recaptured 300 Feet From Prison

Triple killer TJ Lane is serving life
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 10:32 PM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2014 2:22 AM CDT
High School Triple Killer Escapes
TJ Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio, last year.   (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)

A teenager serving life for killing three students and wounding two others in a high school shooting in 2012 has been recaptured after breaking out of an Ohio prison. Officials say TJ Lane, 19, was captured by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers around 1:20am, hiding by a church just 300 feet away from the prison, reports the AP. Lane escaped from the Allen Correctional Institution with two other inmates, both of whom have also been captured. Lane, who opened fire in the cafeteria of Chardon High School, wore a T-shirt with the word "Killer" and taunted his victims' families at his sentencing last year. After his escape, police said they would send extra patrols to guard the families of victims, CNN reports.

"This was a huge case here in Ohio. So everyone in Ohio is shocked right now," Lane's attorney said after the escape. Lane, who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, has been disciplined seven times during his 18 months in prison, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Last month, he lost privileges for a week after urinating on a wall, and last year he was punished twice for prison charges of "self-mutilating, including tattoo." (More TJ Lane stories.)

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