Legal experts say Laura Rideout and Johnny Blackshell have few options left to challenge convictions
ROCHESTER — Laura Rideout may be destined to serve her entire sentence of 25 years to life for the grisly murder of her husband, Craig Rideout.
The same holds true for Johnny Blackshell, who was sentenced to life without parole for the Genesee Street triple murder in 2015.
The Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, recently declined to hear appeals from the two. Both Rideout and Blackshell earlier had appeals denied by a regional appellate court. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley on Tuesday confirmed the Court of Appeals actions.
Absent the appearance of new evidence in the future that points to innocence or serious legal missteps during the trials, Rideout and Blackshell now have very few legal options to challenge their convictions.
Though very different, the crimes tied to Rideout and Blackshell were among the highest-profile homicides in the Rochester area in recent years. Blackshell was the only individual ultimately convicted for a drive-by shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club on Genesee Street in August 2015.
Killed in the shooting were Johnny Johnson, 25, Jonah Barley, 17, and Raekwon Manigault, 19. Three others were wounded. They were among a large crowd leaving a basketball game at the youth center.
Blackshell was on parole at the time of the triple homicide.
Laura Rideout was convicted in 2017 for the strangulation and beating death a year earlier of her husband, Craig, who was 50. Also convicted were the estranged couple's sons, Colin and Alex Rideout.
Laura and Colin Rideout both were sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder. Alex Rideout received a sentence of 1⅓ to 4 years on each of two tampering with evidence charges, to be served consecutively.