The U.S. Department of Justice will not authorize the death penalty in the case against David Renz.
The death penalty was being discussed in connection with a potential federal carjacking charge and the murder of Lori Bresnahan.
The death penalty cannot be pursued without written authorization from the Attorney General.
Renz will be sentenced to life in prison without parole based on his guilty pleas to first degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child. Renz is due to be sentenced in Onondaga County Court on Friday, May 16.
United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian stated, â??No sentence that could ever be imposed in this case will undo the tragic death of Lori Bresnahan or the pain inflicted on the young victim, or adequately account for the depravity of the crimes committed. The mandatory life sentence in state court and the imposition of an additional 30 year federal consecutive sentence will insure that David Renz can do no further harm.â??
The decision of whether or not to seek the death penalty in a case is not one arrived at lightly, and requires several exhaustive steps before it is recommended. The U.S. Attorney looks at all the evidence and applicable law. The defense is allowed to argue against the proposal of the death penalty, the victimâ??s families are consulted and their views are taken into consideration. Following review by the Departmentâ??s Capital Case Section, the matter is forwarded to a committee of senior Justice Department lawyers, the Attorney Generalâ??s Capital Case Review Committee. The Review Committee then makes its recommendation to the Attorney General, who makes the final decision regarding whether to seek the death penalty.