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Two midstate teens to go to trial for allegedly targeting police

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 26, 2016 11:31 AM
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Trenton Nace, 18, of Columbia (Photo: Lancaster County Prison)

(Columbia) --Two teenagers have been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide and other charges for firing shots at police in four different locations in Lancaster County last month.

  No officers were injured in the shootings when Columbia police estimate 10 to 12 shots were fired at officers in about 40 minutes, starting about 3:30 a.m. on July 29.

Seventeen-year-old Marquell Rentas and 18-year-old Trenton Nace have been ordered to trial after a preliminary hearing.

 Rentas' mother has told news agencies in a statement that the suspects "are in jail for doing what Black Lives Matter wanted them to do: shoot at cops."

Detective Matthew Leddy testified Rentas made several "unsolicited" and derogatory comments about police after the teens were arrested.

The suspects remain in the Lancaster County jail, since they were unable to post $2 million bail each.

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