Man pleads guilty in murder of 17-year-old Renton girl

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SEATTLE - The former boyfriend of a 17-year-old Renton girl found dead in a home last year has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and arson Thursday.

Prosecutors said Jarod Thomas Lane murdered Jessica Scholl at her family's home in Renton and then set fire to the house on May 25, 2012.

Lane then fled to Oklahoma, where he was spotted and recognized by his Facebook photo.  He was arrested by Oklahoma City officers.

A friend of Scholl told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that Scholl had called off her relationship with Lane a few days before she died.

The murder charge includes two deadly weapon enhancements.

Lane, 21, faces a sentence range of 25 to 33 years in prison. Prosecutors will be recommending a sentence of 33 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Previous stories:

Jilted boyfriend person of interest in teen's death (May 25, 2013)

Ex-boyfriend of slain Renton teen arrested in Oklahoma (May 28, 2012)

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