CHARDON, Ohio -- A teenager charged with killing three students at a high school pleaded guilty to all charges yesterday, the eve of the first anniversary of the shooting rampage.
T.J. Lane, now 18, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a single count of felonious assault.
The anniversary Wednesday of the attacks at Chardon High School comes after a year of mass shootings, including one that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in Newtown, Conn., and another that claimed 12 lives at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
The anniversary in Chardon, a tight-knit courthouse community east of Cleveland, will be marked with a memorial walk and service activities at the school.
Lane, dressed in a green open-collar shirt and dark slacks with his once-shaggy hair buzzed short, held his head up without emotion yesterday as he repeatedly said, "Yes, your honor," to questions posed to him by the judge.
He could face life in prison. Judge David Fuhry scheduled sentencing for March 19.
Lane wasn't subject to the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the crimes.
Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz said the plea provided the same outcome that he wanted from a trial. Families of the victims agreed that Lane should face life in prison, he said.
Bob Parmertor, whose son Danny, 16, was killed, said he felt justice would be done if Lane "will never see daylight again" outside prison. "We're just very glad it's not going to trial."
Lane's grandmother, weeping quietly, sat arm's length from Nick Walczak, who was rolled into court in a wheelchair. Walczak was crippled in the attack.
Investigators say Lane admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it. Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school on Feb. 27, 2012, and fired 10 shots at students in the cafeteria.