A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty today to killing his former girlfriend and setting fire to her Renton home on May 25, 2012.
Jarod Lane pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree arson, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He faces 25 to 33 years in prison when he is sentenced.
Firefighters responded at 7:54 a.m. to a two-story house in the 12700 block of Southeast 164th Street in Renton, where smoke was coming from the upper floor. Firefighters found the body of Jessica Scholl, 17, two minutes after they put out a fire in a couch and ottoman on the second floor. Firefighters discovered she had been stabbed.
Lane was arrested three days later in Oklahoma.
Friends said Lane and Scholl had dated for a couple of years and that Lane had seemed distraught over their breakup.
According to friends, Lane, who attended Renton Technical College, went to a Lindbergh High School prom with the victim in 2011, but the couple broke up on May 16, 2012. On his Facebook page, Lane had written that he had “fallen for a girl,” and that he “wouldn’t want it any other way for the rest of my life.”