Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Columbia man gets no relief from 62-year sentence for firing at officers in Columbia in 2016

Marquell Rentas

A Columbia man serving up to 62 years in prison for shooting at police will get no relief from a state appellate court.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court found the punishment - 30½ to 62 years in prison – was appropriate for what Marquell Rentas did in Columbia on July 29, 2016.

Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson presented evidence at trial that Rentas fired at a 27-year veteran officer, who was one of many officers who responded to a shots-fired call on Bethel Street.

The jury convicted Rentas of attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer, conspiracy, assault of a law-enforcement officer and reckless endangerment.

Rentas, in a request for relief, claimed the sentence was cruel and unusual and a violation of his constitutional rights, considering no officers were injured in the incident.

The appellate court, in its opinion, wrote that Rentas failed to establish how the sentence "is grossly disproportionate to his crime of attempting to severely injure or kill a law enforcement officer by firing a high-powered rifle at him."

The sentence, ordered by Lancaster County President Judge Dennis E. Reinaker, was "entirely rational" regardless of whether an officer was struck, the appellate court wrote.

Columbia police Detective Matthew Leddy filed charges.


Lancaster County District Attorney's Office


Anonymous said...

They don't mind comitting the CRIME but when they get caught they don't want to do the time, don't do the CRIME and you will not have to do the time. ENJOY YOUR TIME, GOOD BYE.

Howard Stevens said...

It's on us the tax payers who will give you better health care than our seniors and vets, and jobs to people to keep you safe and warm.

Anonymous said...

This country has been upset about taxes since the boston tea party. Get over it

Anonymous said...

Get over it? Never! It's our money.

Anonymous said...

Its a permanent part of the system. Its not like its hidden when you buy property

Radical rag said...

62 years, sounds fine to everyone in columbia, one less worry on the streets!!

Sharon said...

The possible misuse and obvious abuse of our tax dollars is absolutely not a normal expectation.

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