CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has upheld the life sentence of a teen gunman who pleaded guilty in a deadly school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio.
The 11th District Ohio Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Monday in favor of the sentence given to T.J. Lane.
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.
Lane's defense attorneys argued that the Ohio law sending his case to adult court is unconstitutional and his life sentence amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
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.