Hearing set for TJ Lane sentence appeal

CHARDON -- Lawyers are scheduled to argue tomorrow before a panel of appellate judges over the sentence given to TJ Lane for the shootings at Chardon High School.

The appeals hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (March 26) in the Geauga County Courthouse.

Thomas Lane III, known as TJ, was 17 at the time of the shootings so he was not eligible for the death penalty.

On March 19, 2013, he was sentenced to three life terms without parole for shooting and killing three of the victims and wounding three others.

His Kent-based appellate attorney, Michael A. Partlow, filed the appeal on April 18, 2013 with the 11th District Court of Appeals.

The appeals judges will be hearing oral arguments from the Geauga County Prosecutor's office and Lane's attorney.

They're expected to debate whether Lane can be sentenced to life without chance of parole. Prosecutors say Lane gave up his right to his sentencing when he voluntarily pleaded guilty. His lawyers are citing other court decisions in their appeal.

Lane, who is now 19, is not expected at the hearing.


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