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Posted: 12:55 PM- A man who participated in home-invasion robberies of two elderly women - one of whom was beaten to death by now-convicted killer Floyd Eugene Maestas - was sentenced Monday to prison for up to 15 years.
Rodney Roy Renzo, 22, who pleaded guilty to second-degree felony burglary, accompanied Maestas into two Salt Lake City homes on Sept. 28, 2004.
Renzo and co-defendant William Hugh Irish, 22, both testified at Maestas' capital murder trial that they watched him fatally strangle and beat 72-year-old Donna Lou Bott in the bedroom of her home.
The same night, Maestas and Renzo broke into the home of a 86-year-old woman and robbed her while Irish waited outside.
Irish, who also has pleaded guilty to guilty to second-degree felony burglary, is scheduled for sentencing June 30.
Earlier this year, a jury convicted Maestas, 52, of capital murder for Bott's death and said he should be executed. Maestas also was convicted of first-degree felony aggravated burglary for the second robbery. His attorneys have since requested a new trial.