Friday, August 1 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:01:14 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:38:15 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:22:40 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:19:58 GMT
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...Full Story >
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...Full Story >
GEAUGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -
When TJ Lane pulled the trigger killing three in Chardon High School he was 17 years old.
The issue at hand is, should his age have been what they call a mitigating factor when the judge handed down his three life sentences with no chance of parole.
A mitigating factor is any information, like age, that must be considered, which might reduce charges or give a lesser sentence.
Today in the 11th District Court of Appeals, without Lane present, his attorney tried to say the judge did not openly say in court that he considered Lane's age in the sentence.
From the very beginning, Attorney Partlow made it clear that the hearing was not about getting Lane off, but about finding what sanction is appropriate.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that judges must specifically discuss a youth's age in court when sentencing a teenager to life in prison without parole.
"Before you didn't necessarily have to consider youth, you could consider it. And not only that, you certainly didn't have to consider it a mitigating factor. The Ohio Supreme Court has now said youth is a mitigating factor period," says Attorney Michael Partlow.
Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz argued that just because the judge didn't say out loud in court that he considered Lane's age as a mitigating factor doesn't mean it wasn't considered at all.
"He looked at all of the psychological evidence and frankly the defendants actions. He planned out this killing. It was very premeditated. He went into the school he methodically shots his victims. And when the judge looked at all that evidence all of that far outweighed the defendant's age," explains Flaiz.
Prosecutors argue the legislature makes it very clear -- at 17 if you commit aggravated murder, you are going to be tried in adult court.
Lane is serving three life prison sentences for the shooting deaths of three students in February of 2012.
17-year old Russell King, Jr., 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor and 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin were killed in the shooting. 17-year-old Nick Walczak remains paralyzed from the waist down. 18-year-old Joy Rickers and a 6th, unidentified victim were treated and released from the hospital.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.