ICYMI: TJ Lane Escaped From Prison Last Night, Recaptured Hours Later


Lane in court.
  • Lane in court.
Chardon shooter TJ Lane scaled a 100-foot fence during recreation time to escape from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Facility in Lima, Ohio, at about 7:45 yesterday evening. He was apprehended several hours later by state highway patrol.

Lane was one of 8 prisoners at the facility under maximum security, though Allen Oakwood is considered a medium-security prison. Like most prisoners there, he hasn't been having a great time.

Prison officials said Lane escaped with two other men, Lindsey Bruce and Clifford Operud, who were also apprehended without incident.

A state highway patrol special response team came upon Lane wtih a pitchfork at about 1:30 a.m., but authorities say he surrendered and went into their custody without comment. 

Social media went absolutely ballistic when news of Lane's escape broke around 9 p.m. Lane's attorney Ian Friedman chimed in:

Lane was denied on appeal back in May: "barring escape or death, he'll be in prison for life."  

Friedman, who is on record calling Lane's court behavior "heinous," is nervous that a prosecutor might give Lane his day in court again for an escape charge: 

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