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Defiant teen gets life sentences in Ohio shooting

Tuesday - 3/19/2013, 5:09pm  ET

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- The 18-year-old who shot and killed three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria last year has been given three life sentences -- at a hearing today where he taunted relatives of the victims, and wore a T-shirt that read "killer."

T.J. Lane had pleaded guilty last month. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but that he said he didn't know why he did it.

He smiled and smirked throughout today's sentencing, including when four relatives of the victims spoke. At the start of the hearing, he calmly unbuttoned his blue dress shirt to reveal the T-shirt reading "killer," which a prosecutor noted was similar to one he wore during the shooting.

At one point, he suddenly swiveled in his chair toward where his own family members and those of the slain teens sat, cursing at them and raising his middle finger toward them.

The mother of one victim called Lane "a pathetic excuse for a human being," and wished him "an extremely slow, torturous death."

Prosecutors say lane took a pistol and a knife to the school and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria. He'd been at the school waiting for a bus to the alternative school he attended.

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GRAPHICSBANK: TJ Lane headshot, wears t-shirt with "KILLER" written on it during his sentencing for the sooting deaths of 3 students at Chardon High School, Chardon, Ohio, graphic element on gray (19 Mar 2013)

APPHOTO OHCLE103: Family members and friends of Chardon high school shooting victims arrive at Geauga County Common Pleas Court ,Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Chardon, Ohio. T.J. Lane was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES (19 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO OHCLE104: Dina and Robert Parmertor leave Geauga County Common Pleas Court, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Chardon, Ohio. Their son Daniel, was one of three students killed in the Chardon high school shootings. T.J. Lane was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES (19 Mar 2013)

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