Ariz. escapee sentenced to 60 years in prison
April 23, 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Arizona prison escapee Daniel Kelly Renwick was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison for his shootout with Rifle police on the night he was captured.
If he lives long enough to finish the sentence, he must return to Arizona to serve the remaining 34 years of his original prison sentence there.
In an emotional sentencing hearing in 9th District Court, Rifle Police Officer William Van Teylingen described the “bullet storm” he encountered while trying to arrest Renwick in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 2010.
“I was scared,” Van Teylingen told 9th District Judge James Boyd. “Daniel Renwick tried to kill me.”
Renwick escaped from a medium-security prison near Kingman, Ariz., on July 30, 2010, with two other convicts, aided by one of the convict’s cousin. He split from the others shortly after their escape, drove into Colorado and was apprehended by Rifle police on Aug. 1.
In spite of a barrage of gunfire, Van Teylingen rammed his police cruiser into Renwick’s car to disable it before Renwick could get any farther into town from I-70.
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During the case, which was resolved by a plea bargain struck last month, there was some speculation that Renwick wanted officers to shoot and kill him the night of his arrest.
Van Teylingen didn’t buy that theory.
“If he wanted to die, he could have killed himself,” Van Teylingen said. “Instead, he threatened my life, the life of my fellow officers, and the citizens of Rifle.”
Public Defender Tina Fang argued that Renwick was not trying to kill Van Teylingen.
Renwick pleaded guilty last month to two counts of attempted first-degree murder, with a 48-year sentence for one count followed by a 12-year sentence for the second count.
Minutes before Judge Boyd imposed the 60-year sentence, Renwick stood, handcuffed and shackled, and offered his apology.
“I know you were only doing your job,” Renwick said to Van Teylingen and fellow officers Jose Valadez and Nick Flaten. “My actions were out of line and I know what I did was wrong. It weighs heavy on my heart and I hope someday you can forgive me. I am sorry. I’m truly sorry.”
Judge Boyd said considering the circumstances, it’s fortunate no one was injured or killed.
“It’s all these facts together that I think it’s appropriate for you to spend the rest of your life in prison,” Boyd told Renwick. “I hope this sentence helps you realize the severity of your actions.”
Renwick was first convicted on Oct. 5, 2000, on two counts of second-degree murder for the killings of his then ex-girlfriend and her father, according to prosecuting attorney Anne Norrdin. He had served about 10 years of that sentence and would have been eligible for parole in that case in June of 2043.
But with this current conviction, he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.