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Life or death: Final phase of Jonathan Renfro sentencing begins

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Life or death, as in life in prison or the death penalty, are the only two options available for Jonathan Renfro, convicted of killing Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore.

On Monday, the final phase of his sentencing began called the mitigation phase.

That means it’s the defenses turn to show the jury why Renfro should not receive the death penalty.

The defense began with their opening statement saying Renfro will no longer be a member of the community no matter what.

In this phase, the defense will delve into Renfro’s early years that include his life in California as a kid before him and his family moved to north Idaho.

The first witness called up by the defense was Renfro’s mother, Carol, who said he was never violent as a kid, but has ADHD and a learning disability.

The defense also showed pictures from when he was a kid.

His mother says his life changed when they moved from California to Rathdrum.

He started hanging out with the wrong crowd, drinking heavily as a kid, and getting into trouble with the police.

His mother said through tears that she is sorry for what happened but there is now two families that will have an open seat at the dinner table.

Prosecutors say the mitigation phase could take up to two weeks before a decision is reached.

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