The actions of a murderer who took the lives of three students in Chardon, Ohio, last year were beyond appalling during his sentencing Tuesday.
T.J. Lane, 18, pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in the Cleveland suburb of Chardon in February of 2012. He was given three life sentences.
Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge determined Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffered from mental disorders.
Typically, in these types of cases, the murderer expresses remorse - sincere or not - for his actions. Almost never does the defendant rub salt in the open wounds of a family or families still grieving.
But that is exactly what Lane did.
He unbuttoned his shirt to show a T-shirt reading "killer," and during the proceedings, he turned to face family members of the victims along with his own family and smirked.
He also made lewd comments and an obscene gesture.
A statement released afterward said the judge didn't see Lane's T-shirt, but that is hard to believe: The judge was looking right at Lane, and it's surprising that he didn't declare Lane out of order. We also think Lane's legal representation, seated beside Lane, should have objected to his client's sickening behavior.
Dina Parmertor, whose son Daniel was one of the victims, called Lane "a pathetic excuse for a human being," and we could not agree more.
Government tax dollars, sadly, will now support him, keep a roof over his head and feed him.
He'd be the perfect candidate for capital punishment, but because he was only 17 years old at the time of the crimes, he's ineligible.
Then again, death would be too easy and too painless for him.
Parmertor wished upon Lane "an extremely slow, torturous death."
Someone with no regard for life deserves nothing else.