New court filings by an attorney for Clay killer David Renz paint a pathetic life story his legal team hopes will sway a judge. The paperwork, filed on the hope that it will result in a lower sentence in Renz's child pornography case detail his life-long struggle with a genetic facial deformity. Renz's attorneys want him sentenced within federal sentencing guidelines, but the judge could impose more than the 19 to 24 years called for.
Last October, Renz pleaded guilty to a six count indictment related to possession of child porn. Renz was on pretrial release in that case when he slipped out of his electronic monitoring device and killed Liverpool librarian Lori Bresnahan and raped a young girl. Renz stalked and abducted the woman and child from the parking lot of Great Northern Mall in Clay in March of 2013.
In the legal brief, Renz's attorney writes that his "life has been plagued by physical pain and deformities that are unimaginable to the average person." Renz was born without most of his lower jaw. "As a new-born he had serious breathing and feeding problems that necessitated the insertion of tracheotomy and feeding tubes. The severities of his feeding problems were readily apparent as David was below the fifth percentile for height and weight in his first year of life," the paperwork indicates.
"David suffered from pain from his jaw for many years. In order to widen his jaw, he was required to do painful physical therapy exercises for his jaw 2-3 times per week. David's mother performed the physical therapy until he was old enough to do it himself. She describes the pain David suffered as "excruciating." There were other physical issues that manifested themselves throughout the years as a result of David's condition. He had significant bilateral hearing loss since the age of two that still requires him to wear hearing aids," according to the court filing.
Renz's mother says his facial deformity caused people to stare at him all the time. When her son was 6 or 7 years old, Kathy Renz recalls having a meal at a Wendy's restaurant: "Dave had problems chewing food and would "suck it in," making noises. A man and his two children approached the table where Kathy and David were sitting and told Kathy "don't bring that kid out in public if he can't eat like a human being." Kathy tried to explain that David was disabled. However, the man continued to loudly rant on about how David should not be brought out in public places," the court papers say.
Renz's legal team says he endured bullying and social isolation throughout his life and was often the target of bullies and was shunned by many other students. "He was always the last one to be picked for anything at school, whether that be for gym teams or for a partner for a school assignment," the court papers reveal.
In the court filing, Renz's mother is painted as providing a difficult home. "She was a hoarder," the paperwork says. "The house was cluttered with belongings everywhere. There came a point when no one could eat on the dining room table because of "all the stuff" that was "piled on it." The hoarding got worse after David's father passed away. This caused David much distress because his mother never allowed him to invite friends over to their home. He did not have many friends when he was young, but the few friends he had, he did not see outside of school or church," the brief states.
The paperwork also reveals Renz and his mother spent years volunteering for Vera House. The agency works to stop domestic and sexual violence. Renz may be the most notorious sexual criminal in Central New York history.
Vera House says Renz was never involved in any direct outreach for the agency. The court documents indicate he and his mother wrapped gifts for the agency. Vera House says he never had direct contact with anyone using its services.