David Renz, 30, who pled guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On March 14, 2013, Renz carjacked Lori Bresnahan, 47, and her then 10-year-old daughter in the Syracuse suburb of Clay after they left a gymnastics class. Renz used an air pistol to force the woman to drive her car to a remote area of the mall’s parking lot. He then bound the two and raped the young girl.
Bresnahan fought back against Renz, and urged her daughter to run. Renz stabbed and strangled Bresnahan to death, but her daughter was saved by a passerby in the parking lot.
As Renz fled the scene, police found him in nearby woods.
Renz read a statement in court last July stating he did not “fully understand” why he attacked the mother and child.
“I’m truly sorry for my actions and I am prepared to accept the consequences for them," Renz said. "I hope that by pleading guilty, I will be able to bring closure for the victim and her family."
The NY Daily News reports Judge Thomas Miller’s strong words towards Renz while handing out his sentence.
“One day, you will face another judge,” Miller told Renz during the court hearing. “One day when you pass from this earth, another judge will impose a harsher sentence for the absolute evil you committed.”
At the time of the attack, Renz was under federal monitoring on child pornography charges. He had cut off his GPS tracking bracelet from his ankle and reconnected it before a notification was sent to probation officers. Renz was then believed to have still been at his mother’s home at the time of the rape and murder.
The federal probation officers who were monitoring Renz failed to complete monthly checks that would have included inspecting the ankle monitoring device, reports CBS News. The officers on the case were fired or demoted as a result.
Renz was also sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this year on the child pornography charges, reports the Huffington Post. He possessed more than 11,000 images and 1,100 videos of child pornography.
The federal government did not pursue the death penalty in Renz’s case, and New York has no death penalty.