Federal government to pay $5M to David Renz victims in settlement

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The federal government will pay $5 million to the victims of David Renz, the man who freed himself from an ankle bracelet in 2013 and murdered a school librarian. 

Before the attack, Renz was awaiting trial for child pornography possession.

Investigators say he was able to disable and re-assemble this ankle monitoring device over 40 times. 

Renz escaped his ankle bracelet a final time in March 2013, where he drove to the Great Northern Mall and brutally murdered Lori Bresnahan and raped a 10-year-old girl.

Bresnahan’s estate and legal representatives for the young girl sued the federal government for failing to properly monitor Renz, and not investigating when tamper alerts were sent out to probation officers. 

Of the $5 million, $3.7 million will be given to the surviving girl, who is now around 16 years old.

The remaining amounts will go to legal representatives and other parties involved in the inital suit.

The federal government does not admit to wrongdoing or fault in the settlement. 

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