Prison workers suspended after Lane escape

TJ Lane escapes prison. (Photo/Lima Police Department)
TJ Lane escapes prison. (Photo/Lima Police Department)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has disciplined four employees for lapses that helped a convicted school shooter and two other prison inmates briefly escape last year.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Wednesday a technician failed to report he hadn’t fixed a security camera, a maintenance supervisor and a repair worker put the wrong kind of lock on a door and a guard failed to properly conduct rounds. It says they’ve been suspended for one or two days each.

Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane and two other inmates climbed a fence during recreation but were caught within hours of their September escape.

The prisons agency previously reassigned the warden at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution and demoted the deputy warden.

Lane pleaded guilty to the shooting rampage. He wore a shirt saying “killer” at his sentencing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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