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Rideout murder parole denial: 'The pain of missing my brother...never goes away'

June 24, 2019 06:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two years ago, Judge Tom Moran sent Alex Rideout to prison.

Monday, the parole board kept him there.

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Alex Rideout, who was convicted of tampering with evidence in the murder of his father Craig Rideout, was denied parole after his parole hearing on June 11. 

According to the New York State Department of Corrections Parole Board Calendar website, Alex Rideout's parole was "not granted." 

On Monday, News10NBC reached Craig Rideout's sister, Robbyn Drew, by phone. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "When you heard Alex's parole was not granted. Your first thought was what?"

Robbyn Drew, sister of Craig Rideout: "My first thought was relief. As I said previously, one of the things that is important if one is to be getting out on a merit release, early release would be that they at some point show some form of remorse. And my family, my mom, myself, my children, we have not we have not seen or heard any remorse."

That's what the parole board said too. 

In its written decision shared to News10NBC, the board wrote, "during the interview you vacillated between admitting you were protecting your mother to deflecting responsibility for your behavior by itemizing the faults of your father to admitting that you were flat out wrong for your criminal behavior."

The board wrote they don't believe he will stay out of trouble "given the powers of persuasion you are, at a minimum, susceptible to and the poor judgment you exhibited by the extent of your participation in this crime that we know of."

Testimony at the trial said Alex Rideout was caught with his brother Colin tossing garbage bags of evidence into Devil's Bathtub at Mendon Ponds Park. 

Craig Rideout was killed in the basement of his apartment in Penfield and his body was found the next day, wrapped in a tarp in Penn Yan. 

This is not over for Craig Rideout's family. Alex Rideout is up for parole again next year and his mother Laura Rideout is appealing her murder conviction. Her hearing is scheduled for October. 

Robbyn Drew: "That pain of missing my brother, my mom missing her son, my children missing their uncle, never goes away."

The parole board says Alex Rideout has a clean record in prison. The department of corrections says if he never gets paroled, he'll get out of prison in November of 2022. 

Alex Rideout was found guilty of tampering with evidence and received one and one-third year to four years in prison. 

His older brother Colin Rideout and his mother Laura Rideout were convicted of the same tampering charge and second-degree murder.

Laura Rideout was also convicted of second-degree burglary. Colin Rideout and Laura RIdeout are serving 25 years to life in prison. Laura Rideout is also serving 15 years for the burglary conviction. 

Here is the full written report by the parole board:

Having carefully reviewed your overall record, a personal interview and deliberation, this panel has determined your early release on merit is not appropriate. Your instant offense involves your role in covering up the murder of your father whose body was found wrapped in a tarp, having been killed by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma and acid having been poured on his face. You made a number of admissions in regard to this crime from witnessing your mother and brother removing bloddy clothing to disposing of the acid bottles in a pond.   

During the interview you vacillated between admitting you were protecting your mother to deflecting responsiblity for your behavior by itemizing the faults of your father to admitting that you were flat out wrong for your criminal behavior. You came across as defensive at times, defiant at other times, and overall as not having fully processed the magnitude of your crime within the context of the murder of your father. You were 19 years old at the time and are 22 years old today.                                                       
                                                                              
Under custody you have thus far performed well maintaining a clean disciplinary record and excelling in print shop earning you the merit certificate and earned eligibility certificate. You have recently begun the asat program and state you believe you are benefitting from the program. You also spoke highly of (redacted) services that you have found to be therapeutic in nature. You have yet to take art which we believe will be beneficial for you. You expressed your intent to continue such professional support in the community.  Your compas risk assessment reflects an elevated risk score for felony violence indicating the importance of you improving your decision making so as to avoid future felony behavior. You have a good case plan and are encouraged to follow through on your stated goals.                     
                                                                             
Your sentencing minutes have been carefully reviewed and considered along with offical oppostion to your release, as well as your plans to live with your grandparents, return to your last job if possible and look into community college. However, release shall not be granted merely for good conduct or efficient performance of duties while confined. Given all the above, this panel finds that early release is not compatible with the welfare of the community which has suffered at your hands and at the hands of your family. We do not find a reasonable basis on which to believe that, if released, you are likely to remain at liberty without once again violating the law given the powers of persuasion you are, at a minimum, susceptible to and the poor judgment you exhibited by the extent of your participation in this crime that we know of. As such, parole is denied. You are encouraged to complete required programs and to maintain your spotless disciplinary record.              

Click here for a timeline of the Rideout murder case.              

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