Northeast Ohio School Shooting Gunman Appeals Life Sentence


UPDATED: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:28 AM

The gunman in a deadly Ohio school shooting two years ago is challenging a state law that forced him to be tried in adult court.

The attorney for T.J. Lane argued at an appeals hearing Wednesday that Lane's sentence of life without parole should be thrown out.

Lane wasn't at the hearing. He was 17 when he shot and killed three students at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

A prosecutor told the appeals judges that state law makes it clear that a 17-year-old who shoots and kills someone should be tried in adult court.

A similar challenge of the state law is pending before the Ohio Supreme Court involving a 16-year-old sent to prison.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.