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Sentencing for Laura, Colin and Alexander Rideout

Oct 13, 2017

Friday was sentencing day in the case of those convicted in connection with the death of Craig Rideout.

And maximum punishments were handed out by Judge Thomas Moran who called the crime "evil" and "despicable" during his sentencing. 

The body of Craig Rideout, from Penfield, was found in a rural area of Yates County in July of last year.

Rideout’s estranged wife, Laura, and one of his sons, Colin, were both convicted of second degree murder, and Judge Thomas Moran sentenced both of them to 25 years to life in prison on the murder charge.  

Laura also got 15 years for burglary and one and a third to four years for evidence tampering, with the sentences to be served consecutively.

Colin got one and a third to four years in prison for each of two tampering counts, with those sentences also to be served consecutively.

Another son, Alexander Rideout, was sentenced to one and a third to four years for each of two evidence tampering convictions. 

The judge says this was just an awful crime. 

“This community has, is and should be, horrified by what happened to Craig Rideout..the manner in which he was murdered and the manner in which he was disposed of," Moran told the packed courtroom.

Prosecutor Timothy Prosperi echoed those thoughts in an interview after the sentencing: 

“When you see the violence that was used and evidence that there appear to be some pre-planning of the clean-up even before it happened. If you add all that up it’s happening over the course of days and that shows its intentional and that it’s brutal.”

There are expected to be legal appeals in this case. Both Colin and Laura declined to give a statement to the court so not to jeopardize their appeals but Alexander did submit a letter for the judge's consideration.