Rivers confirmed that he understood that if he “thwarted” his replacement, then he would lose the right to be assigned council and would be forced to represent himself.
Rivers was remanded to the custody of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department without bail.
“With such a serious case, the judge has to make sure Rivers has adequate counsel. That will be one less issue during the appeals process,” said Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague to assembled reporters after the hearing.
“It’s especially sad for the family because they have to keep going through this again and again,” Sprague said.
A new date for sentencing hasn’t been determined.
Rivers’ pending sentencing will be the final one in connection with Rennie’s death which took place in Keeseville on Aug. 26, 2012. Conspirator Scott E. Denno was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree gang assault in Aug. 2013 and was sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in state prison. Paul J. Taylor, the leader of the three, was convicted in Essex County Court and sentenced on Monday, Dec. 23 to the maximum 25 years to life in prison.