Alleged Chardon High School gunman grew up in troubled family hit by divorce, violence

Father convicted of assault, unlawful restraint

CHARDON, Ohio - A 5 On Your Side investigation into the family life of the alleged teen gunman at Chardon High School reveals a family life disrupted by divorce and violence.

Geauga County Common Pleas Court records show the parents of Thomas "TJ" Lane III divorced in March 2002.

One month later, in April 2002, Lane's father, Thomas M. Lane Jr. was issued an indictment charging him with felonious assault, kidnapping and disrupting public service.

The summons was sent to the address on Wilder Road in Chardon that was searched by police early Monday.

Lane does not own the property but records indicate it is owned by a family member. But just three months later, Lane was charged with violating a temporary restraining order.

In August, Lane was charged with attempted murder and a court  order was issued prohibiting contact his wife other than visitation with his children.

Finally, in October 2002, Lane struck a plea deal and was sentenced on the assault and disruption charges, but the kidnapping charge was reduced to unlawful restraint and the attempted  murder charge was eventually dropped.

Lane was sentenced to four years in prison, but was released just nine months later in July 2003.

Keep checking for more information on this developing story.

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