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T.J. Lane, convicted in deadly school shootings, caught after prison break

An intensive manhunt last several hours in western Ohio early Friday for the teen convicted of killing three students at a suburban Cleveland high school after his escape from prison.

Lane convicted of killing 3 teens, paralyzing another

In this March 19, 2013 file photo, T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. (Duncan Scott/The News-Herald/The Associated Press)

Authorities have apprehended the convicted killer of three Ohio students at a high school cafeteria who escaped from prison Thursday night.

Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane was captured early Friday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and police in Lima, Ohio, said.

"We got him … One more to go," Lima police tweeted around 2 a.m. ET. They said Lane had been returned to prison.

Lane escaped along with two other inmates from a prison in Lima, about 125 kilometres south of Toledo, setting off a search by law enforcement officials using a helicopter and infrared detection equipment.

One of the inmates was captured quickly. The other one, 45-year-old Clifford E. Opperud, apparently still is at large.

Lane, then 18, pleaded guilty last year to shooting three students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He said he didn't know why he did. At his sentencing, he unbuttoned his dress shirt to reveal his T-shirt reading "killer"; he cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences.

Victim`s mother 'disgusted' at escape

Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria. Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, were killed. Three other teens were injured, including one who is now confined to a wheelchair.

Lane was at Chardon waiting for a bus to the alternative school he attended, for students who haven't done well in traditional settings.

Before Lane's case went to adult court in 2012, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. At his sentencing, Lane was defiant, smiling and smirking throughout, including while four relatives of the victims spoke.

Reached Thursday night at her home in Chardon, Dina Parmertor, mother of Daniel Parmertor, said of Lane's escape: "I'm disgusted that it happened. I'm extremely scared and panic stricken. I can't believe it."

Ohio public safety and correction officials said they began an "extensive search," along with the local authorities and the Ohio State Highway Patrol after the inmates escaped at 7:40 p.m. Thursday from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution.

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