Ohio teen pleads guilty in school shooting
In this photo taken Thursday, May 24, 2012, T.J. Lane, 17 at the time, appears in Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio. / AP Photo
CHARDON, Ohio A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.
Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane entered the plea Tuesday in Chardon in a deal with prosecutors. 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 Lane fired 10 shots at students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, 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.
Lane's appearance in a Geauga County courtroom comes one day before the anniversary of the deadly shootings at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.
Both the defense and the prosecution had sought court-ordered psychiatric testing for Lane to determine if he would be competent to stand trial.
Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.
Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it. Prosecutors took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school last Feb. 27 and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria.
Lane attended an alternative school for students who haven't done well in traditional schools. He was at Chardon waiting for a bus.
Lawyers said Tuesday they expect Lane to be sentenced in about three weeks.
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