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Teen accused of shooting at midstate police could serve 62 years

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 3, 2017 4:03 AM
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(Lancaster) -- A man convicted of trying to kill one police officer with a high-powered rifle in Lancaster County has been sentenced to a maximum of 62 years in prison.

A judge sentenced 18-year-old Marquell Rentas to serve 30.5 to 60 years in prison during a hearing this week.

Rentas was convicted in September of attempted murder of a law-enforcement officer, conspiracy and other charges.

He was acquitted of trying to kill two others.

Police say Rentas and his cousin were house-sitting at a Columbia home in July 2016 when they found a rifle and decided to shoot it.

Officers say a dozen shots were fired out a window and at responding police vehicles.

No injuries were reported.

The defense had argued Rentas wasn't shooting at police.

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