Split verdict for 1 of 2 accused of shooting at police in Lancaster County

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 13, 2017 4:27 PM

(Lancaster) -- A man has been convicted of trying to kill one midstate police officer with a high-powered rifle last year but acquitted of trying to kill two others.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 18-year-old Marquell Rentas of one count each of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault of an officer as well as conspiracy and reckless endangerment. He was acquitted of two other attempted murder and aggravated assault counts.

Columbia police said a dozen shots were fired July 29 out a window and at responding police vehicles. No one was injured.

Prosecutors cited derogatory remarks to officers. The defense called that "tough-guy" talk and said Rentas wasn't shooting at police.

Nineteen-year-old Trenton Nace faces trial in October in the case.

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