'You need to own up to what you did': Craig Rideout's sister opposes Alex's early release

June 04, 2019 10:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- It's been three years since the Penfield father of seven, Craig Rideout, was murdered.

His body was dumped in Yates County.


His estranged wife Laura Rideout and his son Colin were convicted of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Craig Rideout.

Alex Rideout, another son, was convicted of tampering with evidence and could get an early release from prison. 

"In my estimation, if you're going to get early release, you need to show remorse," said Robbyn Drew, Craig Rideout's sister.

Drew says she has forgiven Laura, Colin, and Alex Rideout, but she says that forgiveness was to free herself so she could move on with her life.

She says it doesn't mean she thinks all three were not responsible for her brother's death, even Alex who was convicted of a lesser crime.

"Do I think he may have had greater involvement? I do. But the law is the law. The legal system has to work."

In 2016, Rideout's body was discovered under some brush along the side of a road in Yates County. He had been strangled to death and his face was burned with acid. 

Drew wonders if her nephew has ever understood the seriousness of this crime. 

"When he was found in Mendon Ponds Park he quipped about 'oh I thought he was on his way to Mexico.' It was certainly not something that he took seriously. It didn't appear he took what had happened seriously."

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirms the state parole board will begin considering Alex for parole as early as next week, which is almost a year early.

Drew thinks it's a mistake.

"You need to own up to what you did and not make light of it and not make a joke of it."


Lynette Adams

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