Both get 25 years to life in Penfield man's slaying; other son gets 1 1/3 to 4 years for evidence tampering

ROCHESTER — A mother and son convicted in the death of a Penfield father in 2016 received the maximum sentence for murder on Friday.

Both Laura Rideout and her son Colin Rideout got 25 years to life in connection with the death of Craig Rideout. Laura also got 15 years for burglary and one and one-third to four years for evidence tampering, with the sentences running consecutively.

Colin was also sentenced to one and one-third to four years in prison on two counts of evidence tampering, with the sentences running consecutively.

Alex Rideout, another son of Craig and Laura Rideout, was also sentenced to one and one-third to four years for two counts of evidence tampering. He was found at Mendon Ponds Park with a car full of garbage bags of bloody clothese and other evidence. Those sentences also run consecutively, meaning Alex could serve up to eight years in prison.

In July 2016, Craig Rideout was found wrapped in a tarp in a wooded area in the town of Jerusalem in Yates County. Investigator said he had been beaten and strangled with a garrote. Months later, his estranged wife Laura and two sons Colin and Alex were charged with murder. Laura's boyfriend Paul Tucci was also indicted for murder, but cleared of all charges at trial.

In court on Friday, Judge Thomas Moran said Craig's murder was one of the most heinous cases he's ever seen.

"I, like [defense attorney] Mr. DiPrima, have been doing this for quite some time," Moran said at sentencing. "This is one of the ugliest things I've ever seen."

Lawyers for the defendants recently filed motions to have the convictions overturned. Laura and Colin’s lawyers argue that they should have been tried separately; Alex’s attorney argues there was no evidence he was aware of the presence of the bags in his trunk or their contents.