LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A convicted high school shooter who scaled a prison fence and was captured hours later won't face escape charges because the victims' families don't want to give him a chance to mock them again, a prosecutor said Friday.
T.J. Lane, 20, already was serving a life sentence when he and two other inmates climbed the fence during recreation and then got on a roof over an entryway and escaped on Sept. 11, authorities have said.
Lane was convicted of opening fire in a cafeteria at Chardon High School near Cleveland in 2012, killing three students. He unbuttoned his dress shirt at his sentencing hearing last year to reveal a T-shirt with the word "killer" scrawled on it. He also made an obscene gesture and cursed at the victims' families.
Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick told The Lima News (http://bit.ly/1t95nww ) that he spoke with the families of the students who died before deciding not to charge Lane.
The families said they never want to see Lane again, Waldick said.
Lane and the two other inmates have since been transferred from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima to the so-called Supermax state prison in Youngstown.
Lindsey Bruce, 33, who also is serving a life sentence, will not be charged with escape either, Waldick said.
Clifford Opperud, who is serving a 12-year sentence for robbery, burglary and kidnapping, was charged with escape earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty on Friday.
The state still hasn't explained in detail how the three got out of the prison or how they were captured. Lane had a pitchfork with him when he was found, authorities said.