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This photo released by the Ohio Department of Corrections shows T. J. Lane. A prisons spokesman says Lane was moved Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton, Ohio for the orientation process. Officials will later determine which institution will house him long-term. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)
T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013, file photo, T.J. Lane unbuttons his shirt during sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. Ohio police said Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, that Lane, 19, the convicted killer of three students at a high school cafeteria, escaped from prison and a search is underway. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)
T.J. Lane is handcuffed by a sheriff's deputy after sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
Holly Walczak, mother of Nick Walczak, addresses the court at the sentencing of T. J. Lane Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Nick Walczak was injured in the shooting. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
Crystal King, sister of Russell King, wipes a tear as she addresses the court at the sentencing of T. J. Lane Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. King was one of three students killed. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
Philip Carter, brother of Demetrius Hewlin, reads a statement on behalf of his mother, during the sentencing of T.J. Lane Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Hewlin was one of three students killed. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
Defense attorney Ian Friedman, left, talks with T.J. Lane during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
T.J. Lane sits in court during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)
FILE - T. J. Lane listens during court proceedings in Geauga County Common Pleas Court in this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo taken in Chardon, Ohio. A judge in the tight-knit courthouse community of Chardon, east of Cleveland, will sentence T.J. Lane, now 18, on Tuesday March 19, 2013 on his guilty plea to aggravated murder and other charges. He could face life in prison. (AP (Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong, Pool, File)
T. J. Lane looks up during court proceedings at the Geauga County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges. Lane, now 18, also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a single count of felonious assault. Prosecutors agreed to drop the death-penalty specifications from the aggravated murder counts. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong, Pool)
Defense attorney Ian Friedman, left, makes a point during court proceedings as T. J. Lane listens at the Geauga County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges. Lane, now 18, also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a single count of felonious assault. Prosecutors agreed to drop the death-penalty specifications from the aggravated murder counts. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong, Pool)
T. J. Lane listens to court proceedings at the Geauga County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges. Lane, now 18, also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a single count of felonious assault. Prosecutors agreed to drop the death-penalty specifications from the aggravated murder counts. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong, Pool)
T. J. Lane listens during court proceedings at the Geauga County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges. Lane, now 18, also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated murder and a single count of felonious assault. Prosecutors agreed to drop the death-penalty specifications from the aggravated murder counts. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Marvin Fong, Pool)
FILE-In this June 8, file photo, T.J. Lane is brought into court for his arraignment by sheriff's deputies in Chardon, Ohio. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, Geauga County Judge David Fuhry refused to exclude taped comments made by the suspect's relatives while they were in a police interrogation room, for his murder trial next month. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
FILE - T.J. Lane is shown in a Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, in Geauga County Common Pleas Court in Chardon, Ohio. Lane is charged in a school shooting rampage at Chardon High School that killed three students on Feb. 27, 2012. Attorneys for Lane are renewing their effort to move the trial out of the grief-stricken community. Lane's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 14. (AP Photo/News-Herald, Michael Allen Blair, Pool)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF CAROLE - T.J. Lane, who is charged in a school shooting rampage at Chardon High School that killed three students on Feb. 27, 2012, waves goodbye to grandmother and legal guardian Carole Nolan after Nolan testified during a hearing in the Geauga County Common Pleas Court of Judge David L. Fury Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Chardon, Ohio. Lanes' trial is scheduled to begin in January 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Michael Allen Blair, Pool)
T.J. Lane, left, talks with defense attorney Ian Friedman at his arraignment in Chardon, Ohio Friday, June 8, 2012. Lane pleaded not guilty to six charges for a shooting at Chardon High School in February that left three students dead and three wounded. He will be tried as an adult. The teen could face life in prison if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
T.J. Lane is brought in to court for his arraignment by sheriff's deputies in Chardon, Ohio Friday, June 8, 2012. Lane pleaded not guilty to six charges for a shooting at Chardon High School in February that left three students dead and three wounded. Lane will be tried as an adult. The teen could face life in prison if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
FILE-In this photo taken Thursday, May 24, 2012 shows T.J. Lane, 17, appearing in Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the school shooting deaths of three students and the wounding of three others, according to an indictment released Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The indictment was returned by a Geauga County grand jury against Lane in the Feb. 27 attack at Chardon High School east of Cleveland. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk, Pool)
T.J. Lane, 17, enters his Juvenile Court hearing in Chardon, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that left three students dead and two students seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
T.J. Lane, 17, appears in Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School shooting rampage that left three students dead and two students seriously wounded. Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce was to argue in court Thursday that Lane should face trial as an adult. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk, Pool)
T.J. Lane, right, talks with his attorney Ian Friedman at Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that left three students dead and two students seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
T.J. Lane, right, looks at his attorney during Juvenile Court proceedings Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of students Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr. and Daniel Parmertor.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool)
RE-TRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED TONING - T.J. Lane wipes his nose in Juvenile Court Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of students Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr . and Daniel Parmertor. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool)
RE-TRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED TONING - T.J. Lane enters Juvenile Court Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of students Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr . and Daniel Parmertor. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool)
T.J. Lane wipes his nose in Juvenile Court Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of students Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr . and Daniel Parmertor. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool)
T.J. Lane, right, listens to his attorney during court proceedings in Juvenile Court Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of students Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr . and Daniel Parmertor. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool)
T.J. Lane, 17, is taken out of Geauga County Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 following a hearing in the shooting deaths of three students in the cafeteria of Chardon High School last week. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the killings of students Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr . and Daniel Parmertor. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JOHN SEEWER


LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how a convicted killer of three Ohio high school students managed to escape from prison, along with two other inmates, state correction officials say.

Outside experts also will review procedures of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and recommend possible improvements, the agency said.

Authorities say the three inmates, including school shooter T.J. Lane, escaped from prison in Lima in northwestern Ohio on Thursday night by scaling a fence, which immediately sounded an alarm.

All three were back in custody by Friday morning, and officials said they were transferred to a high-security prison in Youngstown on the other side of the state.

The union representing prison guards said authorities were alerted to an escape plan Wednesday and segregated an inmate from the same unit as the escapees. But prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said that inmate had nothing to do with Thursday's escape.

Nearly 200 miles northeast of the prison, Lane's brief taste of freedom sent shockwaves through the city of Chardon, where Lane opened fire on students in the high school cafeteria in February 2012, killing three and wounding two others. Lane pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges last year and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Some Chardon residents interviewed by The Associated Press on Friday said they were outraged that Lane was not being held in a more secure prison. Others said the escape opened old wounds.

"With all due respect, this is attention we really don't want," said Police Chief Scott Niehus, adding that the community is still healing.

The escape occurred at Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution, a minimum- and medium-security prison about 80 miles south of Toledo. The three scaled a fence to a roof over an entry building at 7:38 p.m., sounding the alarm, officials said.

A prison guard immediately chased and caught inmate Lindsey Bruce; Lane, 19, was caught about 100 yards from the prison by two state troopers at 1:20 a.m. Friday after a police dog located him; the third inmate, Clifford Opperud, was caught at 4:20 a.m. after an infrared camera led officers to his hiding area under a boat at a residence and a police dog found him, authorities said.

Lane had been housed in a "protective control" unit, a higher security setting than the main compound, according to a statement Friday from the legislative prisons oversight committee. The unit is designed to hold inmates who face safety threats because of the notoriety of their crimes, because of the testimony they've given, or because of gang threats.

An April inspection by the committee noted ongoing security concerns within the unit.

On the day of the shootings, Lane, who was 17 at the time, was waiting for a bus to take him to an alternative school for students who don't fare well in traditional settings. He told the court later that he didn't know why he opened fire on the students.

Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, were killed; one of the students wounded is paralyzed.

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Welsh-Huggins reported from Columbus. Associated Press writers Mark Gillispie in Chardon and Kantele Franko, Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Jennifer Smola in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.

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