Jury convicts Columbia man of attempted murder of police officer

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A jury convicted a Columbia man of the attempted murder of a police officer on Wednesday.

Marquell Rentas, 18, was found guilty of attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer, conspiracy, assault of a law-enforcement officer and reckless endangerment. He was not guilty in regards to two other officers.

Rentas shot a three police officers from a second-story window with a high-powered rife on July 29, 2016, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.

“Police officers are on the front lines defending everything and everyone we value in society, and crimes like this remind us just how dangerous their jobs can be and how much we owe them for their service,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said in a press release. “We are extremely fortunate we did not lose one or more officers that night. The fact he missed does not diminish his malevolent intent to kill by cowardly means and his anti-police mindset.”

Rentas is currently at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $2 million bail.


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