Sentencing for Clay killer and rapist postponed again

David Renz

The anniversary of the savage murder of Liverpool librarian Lori Bresnahan and the rape of a 10 year-old girl will pass without any court action for the man who committed the crimes. David Renz had been set to be sentenced to life in state prison on March 14. Now that has been postponed until May 16 as federal prosecutors consider a death penalty case against him.

Renz, 30, pleaded guilty July 17 of last year to first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child stemming from the March 14, 2013 attack at and near the Great Northern Mall, in Clay. Renz abducted Bresnahan and the child as they left a gymnastics practice at the mall. Bresnahan was stabbed to death on Verplank Road, not far from the mall.

Several of Bresnahan's family members have indicated to prosecutors they want the case against Renz to end at the state level, with life in prison. They do not want a federal death penalty case brought against him.