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Suspect sentenced to 112 years in prison for 2017 carjacking, I-17 shootout and Mesa murder

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 18:29:09-05

PHOENIX — Maricopa Superior Court sentenced Oligario Renteria to 112 years and three months in prison for a carjacking and shootout that happened on Interstate 17 in 2017 as well as a homicide in Mesa that happened on December 24, 2016.

Court documents show Renteria was charged with 43 counts including second degree murder, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and endangerment.

Police say Renteria was wanted by Mesa police in connection to a Christmas Eve murder in 2016. Police say Renteria shot and killed a man, and stabbed a second victim at an apartment near Broadway Road and Mesa Drive.

While on the run, police say Renteria put a gun in the face of a man who was sitting in a car waiting for a friend near 35th Avenue and Indian School.

Renteria got in the car with the victim and started driving south on I-17 after telling the victim that he had to give him a ride to Mexico.

Renteria saw the phone on his lap, went to grab it and fought with the victim, leading to a crash. The victim ran from the scene and Renteria continued to flee.

He then attempted to carjack a couple in a Honda Civic. They tried to get away but Renteria got on the hood and fired his gun toward the windshield. The man and woman inside were not injured. He then proceeded to get on the I-17 median and continued to fire his weapon.

Before DPS got involved, he tried to get in a healthcare transport vehicle, and shot the driver in the hand as he tried to pry the weapon away from the suspect.

Moments later, two DPS troopers opened fire at Renteria, hitting him several times. He would eventually recover from his injuries.

Renteria is Mexican citizen and also spent time in prison in 2006 for weapons and drug convictions.