The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to authorize a death penalty prosecution against David Renz in connection with a potential federal carjacking charge and the resulting murder of Lori Bresnahan on March 14, 2013. The death penalty cannot be sought in any federal prosecution without prior written authorization of the Attorney General. Renz will now be sentenced in Onondaga County Court to imprisonment for life without parole based upon his pleas of guilty to first degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian stated, "No sentence that could ever be imposed in this case will undo the tragic death of Lori Bresnahan or the pain inflicted on the young victim, or adequately account for the depravity of the crimes committed. The mandatory life sentence in state court and the imposition of an additional 30 year federal consecutive sentence will insure that David Renz can do no further harm."

Renz has admitted to the kidnapping of Lori Brenahan and a 10 year old girl with her last year in the Town of Clay. Bresnahan was stabbed to death and the young girl was raped.