Teen's age at issue in Ohio school shooting appeal

By

A defense attorney for the gunman in a deadly Ohio school shooting two years ago will get a chance to persuade an appeals court to throw out life sentences against the shooter, who was 17 at the time.

T.J. Lane's defense attorney and prosecutors will make their case at an appeals hearing Wednesday morning.

At issue is whether Lane can be sentenced to life without chance of parole.

Lane's attorney is challenging an Ohio law that allowed his case to be transferred from juvenile court to adult court.

Lane received three life sentences for the February 2012 shootings that killed three students at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

Prosecutors say Lane gave up his right to appeal his sentence when he voluntarily pleaded guilty.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.