Representative Dan Maffei (D-NY) wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today demanding that the Justice Department investigate the Syracuse U.S. Probation Office for the Northern District of New York and its failure to properly monitor David Renz. Before allegedly abducting Lori Bresnahan, sexually assualting a 10-year-old child, and stabbing Ms. Bresnahan to death, Renz allegedly disabled his electronic ankle monitor 46 times, each time failing to elicit a response from the federal probation office responsible for his supervision. In the letter, Maffei asks Holder to review federal law enforcement procedures to ensure there are adequate rules and regulations in place for dealing with individuals such as David Renz who could pose threats to the community while awaiting trial in order to prevent future tragedies.
"What happened to the young child and Ms. Bresnahan is a terrible tragedy. We need to get to the bottom of this and make sure it never happens again," said Rep. Dan Maffei. "I am calling on Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department to investigate the Syracuse probation office and its apparent failure to monitor David Renz. The Syracuse probation office needs to be held accountable for its inability to protect our community. This situation needs to be investigated and measures need to be put in place to prevent future tragedies like this one, so we can be sure our community is not exposed to violent dangerous offenders."
Maffei also sent letters calling for an investigation and asking for accountability measures to prevent future tragedies to the Administrative Office for the United States Courts and the Judicial Conference of the United States, organizations that have oversight over the Federal Courts system and the Syracuse probation office.