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

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 Leaf reported. 

Read the full story on the Geauga County Maple Leaf.