Man gets death sentence for killing Idaho police sergeant
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A man who prosecutors said was high on methamphetamine when he ambushed and killed an Idaho police sergeant was sentenced to death.
District Judge Lansing Haynes imposed the death penalty Monday for Jonathan D. Renfro, who was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Greg Moore two years ago.
“It brings this chapter to a close,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said. “The difficult part is behind us, we can begin to move forward.”
Haynes also ordered an additional sentence of life in prison without parole plus 19 years behind bars for convictions for robbery, eluding, taking a police officer’s firearm, concealing evidence and grand theft, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported .
Haynes gave Renfro credit for the 915 days he has been incarcerated since his 2015 arrest.
Moore was killed while on a routine patrol where he encountered Renfro. Prosecutors previously said the convicted felon was high on methamphetamine, ambushed Moore, took his firearm and fled.
Family members including Lindy Moore, widow of Sgt. Greg Moore, and ex-wife Jennifer Brumley, thanked police and prosecutors for their support and work in the case.
“Nothing can bring Greg back, but we feel justice has been served,” Lindy Moore said.
The defense team has more than a month to start the appeal process.
Because it is a capital case, the Idaho Supreme Court must review the court’s handling of the case before approving the sentence for Renfro.
White said he hoped Monday’s sentencing sends a message to criminals, and that he appreciated how the community rallied around the department and Moore’s family.
“We stay in close contact with them.” he said. “Our relationship will continue beyond today.”
Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com