Renz will not get death penalty, victims' families, friends relieved

Tomorrow David Renz is expected to be sentenced in Onondaga County Court for the 2013 murder of Lori Besnahan and the rape of a 10-year-old girl.

Yesterday, to the relief of the victims' families, federal prosecutors announced they would not seek the death penalty.

In July, Renz plead guilty to raping a child and brutally killing Bresnahan after kidnapping them in a parking lot outside of Great Northern Mall in Clay. If federal prosecutors had tried for the death penalty, Renz would have had the option of withdrawing his guilty plea, a move that could have resulted in additional trials. Family members did not want the little girl, now 11, to have to endure appearing in another trial and thereby urged the prosecution not to seek the death penalty.

"I don't think anyone should have to go through that again and re-live it," said Debbie Thomas, a close friend of Bresnahan. "As the public we have to take what the family wishes and the family didn't want this to go any further."

Renz will serve a mandatory life sentence and an additional 30-year federal consecutive sentence from a previous child pornography conviction.