Renwick pleads guilty to attempted murder |

Renwick pleads guilty to attempted murder

John Gardner
Rifle Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The case of Arizona prison escapee and convicted killer Daniel Kelly Renwick reached a resolution Tuesday, as Renwick agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.

Renwick, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree after deliberation, and one count of intent to commit murder in the first degree with extreme indifference.

According to terms of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop a third count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of being a fugitive from justice out of Arizona.

Terms of the deal also stipulate that Renwick will serve his sentence for the Colorado charges in the Colorado Department of Corrections before returning to Arizona to serve the remaining of his sentence for his earlier crimes committed in that state, according to public defender Tina Fang.

Renwick was serving two consecutive 22-year sentences for second-degree murder when he escaped from a medium security prison near Kingman, Ariz., on July 30 with John McCluskey, 45, and convicted killer Tracy Province, 42. The trio were aided by McCluskey’s fiancee and cousin, Casslyn Welch, 44.

Renwick split from the others shortly after their escape and was apprehended by Rifle police on Aug. 1, after a brief vehicle pursuit in which Renwick shot at three Rifle officers.

McCluskey and Welch were arrested, after evading capture for three weeks, at an eastern Arizona campground. Province was apprehended near Meeteetse, Wyo., about 60 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 9.

Renwick faces between eight and 24 years in prison, for each count. According to 9th Judicial District Court Judge James Boyd, due to the violent nature of the crimes, Renwick could get the maximum sentence of up to 48 years, for each count. He is due back in court for sentencing on April 22.

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