TJ Lane transferred to Yo. prison

TJ Lane

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Authorities have transferred convicted school shooter TJ Lane, who escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Center in Lima, Oh., Thursday night, to a penitentiary in Youngstown.

Lane, who pleaded guilty to a Feb. 2012 shooting at Chardon High School in Geagua County, Oh., scaled a fence from the Lima prison at 7:38 p.m. Thursday night before being caught by police at 1:20 a.m. Friday.

Lane had the help of two inmates, Lindsey Bruce and Clifford Opperud, in his escape, according to authorities.

Bruce was immediately apprehended on prison grounds. Police captured Opperud at 4:22 a.m. with the aid of a helicopter-mounted infrared camera that detected his heat signature and led an Ohio State Highway Patrol canine to him.

Authorities brought all three inmates to the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown around 11 a.m. Friday.

Lane had been a level-three security inmate while at the Lima prison, the highest level security grade typically given to a first-time inmate, according to the release.

Prison inmates in Ohio are classified on a security scale ranging from one to five, with level-five inmates being the most-closely supervised.

Authorities also classified convicted Cleveland kidnapper/rapist Ariel Castro, a first-time inmate himself, as a level-three security risk.

Criminal and administrative investigations are currently underway to determine what led to the inmates’ escape.

Lane pleaded guilty last year to aggravated murder charges in the February 2012 shooting spree at Chardon High School. Lane, then 17, said he didn’t know why he shot the teens.

At sentencing, he unbuttoned a dress shirt to reveal a T-shirt scrawled with the word “killer.” He wore a similar shirt during the shootings. He cursed and made an obscene gesture as the judge gave him three consecutive life sentences.

Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol to school and fired 10 shots, killing Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, while wounding two others. One of the wounded students is now paralyzed.

WYTV has received this timeline of the events of Thursday night and Friday from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

7:38 p.m.:        Inmates scale fence to cross roof of entry building and fence alarm immediately sounds;

7:45 p.m.:        Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement notified of escapes

7:47 p.m.:        A staff member sees the three inmates running northbound from the prison and gives chase, apprehending Bruce.

8:37 p.m.         Law enforcement security perimeter confirmed completed. Patrol begins bringing additional resources online including the Special Response Team, canine unit, helicopter and aircraft.

Friday, September 12, 2014

1:20 a.m.:        Lane apprehended by the State Patrol’s SRT in a wooded area near the prison; a Patrol canine led officers to the inmate’s location;

4:20 a.m.:        Opperud apprehended hiding under a boat on a private residence, north of Bluelick Rd.  A helicopter-mounted infrared camera tracked a hot spot which led officers to the area and a Patrol canine located the inmate.

10:55 a.m.:      All three inmates transferred to the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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