Ariz. escapee pleads guilty, faces 60 years for shooting
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — An escaped Arizona prison convict would face 60 years in prison in Colorado under a plea agreement.
Daniel Renwick, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two, first-degree-attempted-murder charges stemming from an Aug. 1 incident in which he fired numerous shots at Rifle police officers.
“I’m guilty, your honor,” Renwick told Ninth Judicial District Court Judge James Boyd.
Renwick pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder after deliberation for having fired multiple shots that struck the car of Rifle Police Department officer William Van Teylingen. A second charge of first-degree attempted murder with extreme indifference was brought because two other officers were behind Van Teylingen’s vehicle.
Van Teylingen arrested Renwick in Rifle after ramming Renwick’s vehicle just after the shooting. He and another of the three officers involved were in court Tuesday but declined to comment afterward.
Renwick, 37, is scheduled to be sentenced April 22. He faces a presumptive sentencing range of eight to 24 years for each count, but the sentence for each could go as high as 48 years for aggravating circumstances, such as the crimes of violence involved, Boyd told Renwick.
Deputy district attorney Anne Norrdin said Renwick and the prosecution have agreed to a sentence of 48 years for the attempted murder with deliberation charge, and 12 years for the second charge, subject to Boyd’s approval of the plea deal.
Deputy public defender Tina Fang said the intent of the agreement is for Renwick to serve his entire Colorado sentence in this state unless he seeks to be transferred to Arizona. Also, she said, prosecutors in Kingman, Ariz., have agreed not to file any escape charges in connection with the case.
Arizona authorities say Renwick and two others escaped from prison there July 30. Renwick was alone when arrested, and the other two fugitives were arrested later in other states.
The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office dropped its fugitive charge against Renwick as part of the plea deal.
Meanwhile, Boyd denied Norrdin’s request to have the damaged Rifle police vehicle released from evidence and returned to the department before sentencing occurs. Fang contends it shouldn’t be released until the case is completed.