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Couple from St. Lawrence County Sentenced For Child Exploitation

Dec 17, 2015
Saint Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

  A couple from Saint Lawrence County was sentenced Thursday to hundreds of years in prison for the exploitation of six children, including two girls abducted from their family’s  roadside vegetable stand in August 2014. 

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian sentenced 39-year-old Steven Howells II to 580 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to all 21 federal charges, which consisted of conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, involving six victims, and five counts of possession of child pornography. 

David Renz was in Syracuse Federal court for sentencing Wednesday for crimes he committed before he murdered a woman and raped a 10-year-old girl.  The prison terms for all the crimes combined will likely keep him behind bars for the rest of his life. David Renz was sentenced on one count of receiving child pornography and five counts of possessing it. Judge Norman Mordue issued a 20 year sentence for receiving to run before concurrent 10-year terms for possession.  He pleaded guilty to the charges last year.  

Convicted murderer and rapist David Renz pleaded guilty today to six different child pornography charges.  These are the crimes for which he was accused - and under house arrest - when he killed Lori Bresnahan and reaped a 10-year-old child.