T.J. Lane is currently serving three life sentences without the possibility of parole.


He killed three students at Chardon High School, and tomorrow T.J. Lane's attorney will argue to have his sentenced reduced for the shootings.

Lane is currently serving three life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Channel 3 News sat down with Lane's former attorney, Ian Friedman, for an exclusive interview, so he could give us all a better understanding of what's happening Wednesday morning.

The appeals judges will be hearing oral arguments from the Geauga County prosecutor's office and Lane's attorney. The prosecutor will argue Lane's life without parole sentence should stand, Lane's attorney will argue otherwise.

"It will be absolutely impossible for someone to predict what's going to happen tomorrow," Friedman said.

There is one main issue: whether or not Lane's life without parole sentence as a juvenile offender at the time will stand, and it might all come down to how many times a judge stated Lane's age for the record.

"Did the judge say enough and give enough consideration to his age? Did he say it a couple of times, did he say it a hundred times? What did he rely upon when he rendered the sentence?" Friedman said.

He said that answer is subjective. But Lane's attorneys are using new case law out of Cincinnatti to support their argument. The judge there decided a juvenile's age should have been given more consideration before he was handed a life sentence. But is that the case for Lane? Did the judge make it clear enough that he was 17 at the time?

"The appellants are going to say he didn't, the appellees, the prosecutors are going to say he did," Friedman said. "It's going to be very interesting, I think both sides tonight are gearing up for that argument."

Each side gets 15 minutes to state its case, and it's all happening in the very same courtroom where Lane was sentenced last year, wearing the notorious shirt that mocked the families of his victims.

"I found that to be very ironic," Friedman said. "There is no precedent for it. The visual in one's mind, I think tomorrow will be very impactful."

There could be an answer from the court in a couple of days or a couple of weeks. Because of how important this case is, Friedman expects the three appeals judges to take their time.

It is unlikely this is the last step though, no matter the outcome. It will probably be appealed again at a higher court.

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