Just posting some news tidbits in the aftermath of T.J. Lane’s brief escape from prison.
Lane was in possession of a pitchfork at the time of his capture but what I found more interesting is that prior to his arrest he was disciplined for having Pokemon cards in his cell among other more heinous infractions. The big badass can’t get by without his toys apparently.
Lane is now being housed in the maximum security Ohio State Penitentiary. From what I understand the facility he escaped from was minimum to medium security. He’s in there with the worst of the worst from Ohio. I wonder how tough he thinks he is now.
Out of all the school shooters who are currently serving prison sentences T.J. Lane is probably the last one you’d want walking around free. In 2012 Lane opened fire inside the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. WHen the smoke cleared 3 students were dead. Lane eventually pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to life without parole. At his sentencing he removed his short which revealed a t-shirt underneath that he had scrawled the word ‘killer’ on it then went on a vulgar tirade about his victims.
“This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates the memory. Fuck all of you.”
Lane never showed any remorse and has been kept in isolation.
Tonight reports are coming from Lima, Ohio that say Lane was one of three that escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.
At last report Lane was at large along with another inmate, 45-year-old Clifford Opperud, who was serving time for kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Neither man is said to be armed and both are wearing prison uniforms.
“All available troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been joined by Allen County Sheriff’s deputies and local area law enforcement in establishing a perimeter and searching the area. A Patrol helicopter with advanced infrared detection equipment has been deployed and is engaged in the search as well. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious persons or possible sightings by calling 911.”
With any luck Lima police or the Highway Patrol will catch this coward before he has the chance to harm anyone else. I can see Lane wanting to hurt more people if he were to get his hands on any kind of weapon.
Thanks to Steve Huff for the tip.
UPDATE 9/12/2014: Lane was apprehended five hours after his escape still in the area near the prison. Luckily no one was injured in his apprehension. No details yet on exactly how Lane was captured but I hope he resisted arrest.
Spokane killer shot dead in attempted prison escape:
It’s been years since I last posted about Kevin Newland. He first came to notice back in 2006 when he was arrested in connection with the disappearance of then 19-year-old Jamie Lynn Drake. This was back when I was posting about any criminal that had a MySpace account.
Unfortunately it turned out that Miss Drake was murdered by Newland. Investigators say that he suffocated her with a plastic bag. He hid her body under the floorboards of a cabin in the woods of Washington state.
Newland was sentenced to 45 years for the murder but the other day that turned into a death sentence. Newland was shot and killed during an attempted break out at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.
I tweeted this information to a former high-profile crime blogger who covered the case when it first happened and he tweeted back to me that it “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer murdering asshole.” My only addition to that is to the guard who shot and killed him is thanks for saving the taxpayers of Washington some money.
Newland charged with Jamie Drake’s murder:
Kevin Newland has been officially charged in the murder of Jamie Lynn Drake…
SPOKANE — Kevin Newland was charged in Spokane Superior Court Thursday for the murder of 19-year-old Jamie Lynn Drake. It’s a case where prosecutors are now alleging that robbery was the primary motive in the young woman’s murder.
New court documents show that when detectives searched Drake’s Ford Mustang after it was recovered in Newland’s possession in western Washington,they found the victim’s stolen credit card sitting right next to the suspect’s wallet in the car’s center console.
Even though Newland, 20, allegedly admitted strangling Drake to death, Spokane Medical Examiner Dr. Sally Aiken says it appears she was suffocated by a bag placed over her head.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says Drake was a truly innocent casualty of crime.
“Miss Drake was still in her work uniform when this happened. She was a very hard working, young individual and it appears he took all that away,” he said.
Newland’s MySpace is still up and running.