The Essex County Courthouse.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
Elizabethtown Scott E. Denno was sentenced to two 25-year concurrent sentences for his involvement in the murder of Robert Rennie Jr. in Keeseville. Rennie was found dead on Aug. 26, 2012.
Denno is the first of three man charged in the death of Rennie to be sentenced and one of two found guilty of manslaughter.
Denno, 20, was sentenced to the maximum prison sentence of 25 years in prison for Manslaughter in the First Degree and 25 years concurrent on the Gang Assault in the First Degree. Denno was found guilty after a jury trial in May. Essex County Court Judge Richard B. Meyer sentenced Denno to the maximum terms and also imposed 5 years Post-Release Supervision. Along with the jail sentence, Meyer imposed that Denno pay more than $6,000 in court fees and for Rennie’s burial and funeral services.
Rennie’s body was found near an iron foot bridge on Mill Hill Road in Keeseville on the same day. Autopsy reports showed he died from blunt force trauma that caused two collapsed lungs and internal bleeding.
Denno was charged along with Paul Taylor, 39, and Michael Rivers, 36, all of Keeseville. They were each charged with first-degree gang assault after investigations by the New York State Police and the Essex County District Attorney’s office in relation to Rennie’s death.
About 11 members of Robert Rennie’s family members gathered in the courtroom and two family members addressed the Court.
Robert Rennie, Sr., decided to stand before Denno when he asked the maximum sentence be imposed.
“Scott Denno, because of false statements and rumors you became part of a gang that assaulted and killed Robert,” said Rennie. He said because of Denno his son would never see his family again, including two young daughters.
“You tore a piece of our hearts out, you took Robert from us, we miss him everyday. You had no right to take his life, now you will have to answer to the laws of man and God,” said Rennie.