The Chardon community and Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz are asking Ohio legislators to think before passing legislation to update the state's juvenile sentencing laws - a bill that could make T.J. Lane eligible for parole, according to the Geauga County Maple Leaf.
Lane is currently serving a life sentence without parole for killing three classmates in 2012. With House Bill 521 and Senate Bill 272, juvenile offenders could seek parole in three circumstances:
• If the prisoner’s state term totals at least 15 years, the prisoner is eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
• A prisoner whose sentence permits parole after 15 years or more, the prisoner is eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
• If the prisoner is serving a sentence of life without parole, the prisoner is eligible for parole upon turning age 40.
While the last part of the bill could set Lane free, the bill is still a long way from reaching Governor Kasich, the Geauga County Maple Leafreported.
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