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July 17, 2014

Doubt raised about Renert's intention

DA still pursuing attempted murder charge

Two stories are emerging about the motivations of Barry Renert, who is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 18 for his alleged actions last winter at the Seventh Inning Stretch store in Cooperstown.

According to authorities, Renert, 62, a former employee at the memorabilia store, entered the establishment on Dec. 23, displayed a 9mm Glock handgun and confronted Seventh Inning Stretch owner Vincent Carfagno. Carfagno then produced his own handgun and fired at Renert, missing him, but causing Renert to flee. Renert was arrested in Virginia that night, and was extradited to New York shortly thereafter.

Renert has been indicted on one charge of attempted murder in the second degree, one charge of attempted assault in the first degree and one charge of burglary in the second degree. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

Renert’s alleged accomplice, Stephen Janiszeski, 30, was arrested in Florida on June 18, and his comments to authorities have shined a different light on the case.

According to authorities, Renert and Janiszeski traveled from Sanford Fla., to Cooperstown to rob the Seventh Inning Stretch. Janiszeski was in the car when Renert entered the store, and the two fled together.

Janiszeski is incarcerated in the Otsego County Correctional Facility awaiting grand jury action.

Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said that Janiszeski chose to talk to the police.

“He waived his Miranda warnings …. and spoke to the police and gave them a statement,” said Muehl.

Muehl said that Janiszeski contended that the plan was to rob the store, and that killing Vincent Carfagno was not a part of it.

“It was his understanding that he (Renert) was going to rob him (Carfagno),” said Muehl.

Muehl said, however, that he is not considering dropping the attempted murder charge against Renert.

“It’s the victim’s position that the defendant said ‘You’re dead, (expletive),” said Muehl. “I have not changed my theory of the case.”

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