The 11th District Court of Appeals has denied Thomas "T.J." Lane II's appeal of his conviction
CHARDON -- The 11th District Court of Appeals has denied Thomas "T.J." Lane II's appeal of his sentence that he should not have been sentenced to life without parole because he was a juvenile at the time of the murders.
The court filed its decision today after a panel of three judges from the 11th District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments March 26 for and against the appeal for Lane, who shot and killed three students on Feb. 27, 2012 at Chardon High School.
Lane, now 19, appealed his sentenceonviction in the Geauga County Common Pleas Court following his guilty plea to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, and felonious assault.
His conviction resulted from a shooting at Chardon High School in which he killed three students, paralyzed another, and injured two others.
In the 36-page ruling attached below, written by Judge Cynthia Westcott Rice, she detailed facts and descriptions about the shooting and his interviews that were not disclosed before or in court. Rice also walks the reader through the video taken in the cafeteria and the hallway during the shootings.
At the time of the offenses, Lane was 17. The three killed were Danny Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Russell King Jr., 17. Wounded were Nick Walczak, 18, Nate Mueller, 17, and Joy Rickers, 19.
Lane filed an appeal last April seeking to have his conviction and sentence of lifetime in prison without parole overturned.
In part, today's ruling read "...In any event, we cannot agree with appellant's argument that this case is not sufficiently serious to warrant consecutive sentences. Appellant did not act on impulse, on provocation, or under pressure from peers or adults. To the contrary, he planned this attack weeks in advance before he went to school that day with a loaded gun. He shot three young students to death. He shot another student several times, confining him to a wheelchair and subjecting him to a life of pain and disability. Appellant also brought indescribable pain, grief, and lifelong tragedy to the victims' families."
The three-judge panel affirmed the judgment of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas.