Chardon community asks Ohio legislators to re-think bill that could grant T.J. Lane parole

Posted at 11:23 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 23:23:00-05

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. 

Read the full story on the Geauga County Maple Leaf.