A 21-year-old man who last year killed his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend and set fire to her suburban Renton home has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Jarod Thomas Lane was sentenced Friday afternoon after pleading guilty last month in the murder of Jessica Scholl and the arson of her family’s home in May 2012, according to King County prosecutors.
Firefighters found Scholl dead from stab wounds, blunt-force injuries and possible strangulation on the second floor of the home in the 12700 block of Southeast 164th Street in Renton.
It took detectives a few days to track down Lane after the killing; he left Washington and was seen by a news crew, who called police when they saw him walking on the side of the road, while they were covering the story in Oklahoma.
Scholl and Lane had dated for a couple of years, and he had seemed distraught over their recent breakup, authorities and friends said.
So many of her relatives and friends filled the courtroom Friday that more benches had to be brought in, the Associated Press reported.
Information from The Seattle Times’ archives and the Associated Press is included in this report.