SYRACUSE — A New York man faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced for raping a girl and killing her mother after cutting off his ankle monitor last year.
David Renz, 30, of the Syracuse suburb of Cicero, pleaded guilty in July 2013 to murder and sex charges in Onondaga County Court. He'll be sentenced on Friday.
He cut off the electronic monitoring bracelet he was wearing as a condition of release on federal pornography charges and then carjacked a mother and daughter as they left a gymnastics class at Great Northern Mall in Clay in March 2013. He strangled and stabbed the mother as she fought to stop him from raping the girl.
The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sex crimes and has not identified the woman to protect the identity of girl.
Renz was sentenced earlier this year to 30 years in federal prison for possessing more than 11,000 images and 1,100 videos of child pornography.
Earlier this week, federal authorities announced they would not prosecute Renz on a carjacking charge that could have brought the death penalty. If the U.S. Justice Department had decided to pursue the death penalty in its case, Renz could have withdrawn his guilty pleas to state charges.
Reading from a statement in court last July, Renz described the crimes and said he did not "fully understand" what led him to attack the mother and child.
Police said he used an air pistol to force the woman to drive her car to a remote section of the parking lot, where he bound both of them and raped the girl.