Rodney Roy Renzo, the second co-defendant who helped death row inmate Floyd Eugene Maestas break into the home of an older woman whom Maestas murdered, has been sentenced to prison.
Renzo, 22, testified against Maestas at his preliminary hearing and trial for the slaying of Donna Lou Bott, 75, in her home on Sept. 28, 2004.
Renzo and another co-defendant, William Hugh Irish, also 22, accompanied Maestas to the homes of two older females that night both Renzo and Irish testified that they understood they would be breaking in to rob the places to get drinking money. The second woman was roughed up and her wallet was stolen, but she was not killed.
Maestas was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to death by lethal injection.
Irish recently pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree aggravated burglary as part of a plea deal, and 3rd District Judge Paul Maughan ordered a 90-day diagnostic evaluation at the prison and a presentence report. Irish is scheduled to be sentenced June 30.
Renzo, however, refused to take part in an evaluation and stated in writing that he simply wanted to be sentenced to prison.
The judge on Monday sentenced Renzo to one to 15 years in prison for second-degree aggravated burglary. Maughan gave Renzo credit for time already served in jail.