The court battle over the Chardon Healing Fund is far from over, but Thursday brought a partial victory for the victims' families.
CHARDON, Ohio - Domenick Iammarino watched the sentencing of Chardon school shooter TJ Lane from an overflow room upstairs.
He didn't know that the 18-year-old who murdered his grandson, 16-year-old Danny Parmertor, was wearing a T-shirt with the word "KILLER". He also didn't know that Lane had made an obscene statement and gesture to the families until after the hearing was over.
"People, families got to see what he really was about," he said. "I mean, I was fooled. I thought this kid did his despicable act, but I didn't think he was this despicable. And I think the way it worked out it ended up good because people got to see it."
Iammarino said the families were told that Judge David Fuhry didn't see the shirt or he would have sent Lane out of the courtroom to change it. He said they were also told that Lane had a right to speak.
Parmertor would have graduated from Chardon High School this spring.
"Danny was truly a great kid," Iammarino said.
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