Teen convicted of shooting at police handed 62-year sentence

November 3, 2017

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of trying to kill one police officer with a high-powered rifle in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to a maximum of 62 years in prison.

A judge sentenced 18-year-old Marquell Rentas to serve 30 ½ to 60 years in prison during Wednesday’s hearing.

Rentas was convicted in September of attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer, conspiracy and other charges. He was acquitted of trying to kill two others.

Police say Rentas and his cousin were house-sitting at a Columbia home in July 2016 when they found a rifle and decided to shoot it.

Police say a dozen shots were fired out a window and at responding police vehicles. No injuries were reported.

The defense had argued Rentas wasn’t shooting at police.

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