CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The age of a teen gunman in a deadly school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences.
T.J. Lane’s defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court Wednesday. They’re expected to debate whether Lane can be sentenced to life without chance of parole.
Lane received three life sentences for killing three students in a cafeteria at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He was 17 at the time of the rampage.
Lane wore a T-shirt with “killer” scrawled across it and gestured obscenely at his sentencing.
Prosecutors say Lane gave up his right to appeal his sentence when he voluntarily pleaded guilty. His lawyers are citing other court decisions in their appeal.