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Jarod Lane sentenced to 33 years in prison for killing Jessica Scholl

Jarod T. Lane, flanked by his attorneys, listens as the parents of Jessica Scholl, Stephanie and Doug Scholl, read their statement Friday to King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu. Yu then sentenced Lane to 33 years in prison for killing Jessica in May 2012. - Dean A. Radford/Renton Reporter
Jarod T. Lane, flanked by his attorneys, listens as the parents of Jessica Scholl, Stephanie and Doug Scholl, read their statement Friday to King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu. Yu then sentenced Lane to 33 years in prison for killing Jessica in May 2012.
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Jarod Thomas Lane was sentenced to 33 years in prison Friday afternoon for killing his former girlfriend, Jessica Scholl, in her home in May 2012 and then setting fire to her house.

The courtroom was filled with Jessica's friends, family and schoolmates as King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu heard family members, including her parents Stephanie and Doug, talk about the impact Jessica's murder had on them.

"There is no future with my daughter in it," Stephanie Scholl said.

Lane stood in front of Yu, in his orange prison suit, listening to the statements, his eyes closed for much of the time and at times his face tensing.

The 21-year-old Lane spoke to Yu as well, saying he took full responsibility for what happened on May 25, 2012, that when described by prosecutor Jennifer Worley left many in the courtroom in tears.

Lane stabbed Jessica multiple times, then set fire to a couch in the house. Lane fled by car and was arrested 2,000 miles away in Oklahoma City on May 28.

He apologized to the Scholl family, whom he said had taken him into their home.

"I betrayed that trust and care," said Lane.

He said he wished he could take Jessica's place. "I took a precious and valuable life that ended far too early," he said.

Before sentencing Lane, Yu said, "Mr. Lane, I still see you as a human being." He can still make contributions, even in prison, she said, and she said she believes in rehabilitation.

Jessica's father Doug said after the sentencing he had asked for another 10 years of prison time for Lane. "It will never be enough in my eyes," he said.

The 33-year sentence is the maximum allowed under the law. Lane had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree arson and time was added because weapons were used.

Talk of rehabilitating Lane also upset him, Scholl said.

"What right does he have to rehabilitation," he said. "My daughter doesn't get a right to rehabilitation."

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