Judge Rejects Sentence Reduction Motion For Samuel Renner
An Evansville man will not have his lengthy prison sentence cut short, after admitting he killed a man who was trying to disarm him three years ago at an Evansville Sports Bar.
A Natrona County District Court Judge has rejected a sentence reduction motion for Samuel Renner, who is serving 60 years to life in prison, after he pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and nine other charges.
Renner's attorney argued that a youthful defendant, even though older than 18, should still be sentenced with consideration of factors cited by the US and Wyoming Supreme Courts regarding sentencing of a juvenile.
The argument was although Renner was older than 18 at the time of the incident, his maturity level was not.
The prosecution counter-argued that at the time, Renner was leading a life as a fully functioning adult.
Such examples used were that he was renting a home, was gainfully employed, and was about to get married.
Judge Thomas Sullins denied the motion, saying he did consider Renner's age and background at the time sentence was pronounced.
Investigators say in late July 2013, Renner was drinking at Taylor's Sports bar in Evansville and got into a fight with another patron as he was leaving.
Prosecutors said Renner went home, got two guns and returned to the bar, where he fatally shot 41-year-old Todd Callies.
Callies and his friends were walking out of the bar, when they saw Renner pointing a gun at a number of other people in the parking lot.
Prosecutors say the group then attempted to disarm Renner and during the scuffle, three shots were fired.
Two of those shots struck Callies in his chest.
At his sentencing, Renner said he did not remember everything that happened during that night, but felt he was losing consciousness when he was tackled, and thought he had the gun pointed in the air when he fired.
He also said he has a horrible drinking problem.
When he was arrested and booked into the Natrona County Detention Center, police say Renner's Blood Alcohol Content was at .132, and that was roughly 5 hours after the shooting.
His actual sentence is 60-years-to-life for second degree murder, 20-to-40 years for attempted second degree murder, six-to-10 years on each of six of the seven aggravated assault and battery charges, 9-to-10 years on the other aggravated assault and battery charges, and three-to-five years on both charges of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent.
All sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time.