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Prosecutors respond to Laura Rideout's appeal

Prosecutors respond to Laura Rideout's appeal

July 29, 2019 06:09 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Prosecutors responded to Laura Rideout's appeal saying her murder conviction should be upheld.

Rideout, who is serving a life sentence for killing her husband, filed her appeal back in May, putting the blame on her two sons for Craig Rideout's death.

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A response to Laura's appeal was filed this month by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. It says the fact she entered her estranged husband's home because he was missing, found a "bloody mess", and did not call the police "speaks volumes about her role and knowledge " of the crime.

Investigators say Craig Rideout was strangled and beaten in the basement of his Penfield home in July of 2016.

His body was later found in Yates County.

Laura Rideout and her son Colin Rideout were convicted in 2017 of murder and tampering with evidence in Craig Rideout's death.

Her other son, Alex Rideout, was convicted of evidence tampering.

In Laura's appeal, her lawyer asks for the convictions to be overturned and her sentence reduced to 15 years to life. Her lawyer states she didn't plan or commit the murder, saying, "This is more indicative of impetuous violence by sons who thought they were helping their siblings escape an abusive father -- followed by a slapdash attempt to cover up their crime."

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