Reaction to Rideout sentencing

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - For many people involved with the murder case of Craig Rideout, they are hoping the family can find closure after Laura, Colin, and Alex Rideout each received maximum sentences for their roles in his death.

Laura, Colin, and Alex showed little to no emotion during the sentencing on Friday, but outside the courtroom was a different story.

Paul Tucci, Laura boyfriend, declined to comment on camera, but appeared very emotional as he was leaving court. He was acquitted of all charges in connection to Craig's death. 

Prior to sentencing Alex, Judge Moran said, "I've heard some awful things about Craig today. Depending on which side of the court room you're sitting on, Craig was either the best human on the planet or was awful. My life experience tells me he's neither."

Agnes Rideout, Craig's mother, spoke in regards to the allegations about Craig throughout the trial and during sentencing. 

"The last thing he said to me is he saw a silver lining and he hoped that the children would come around and understand what was going on," Agnes said. "He loved those kids -- all of them. It's so sad that people will say things that he can't defend himself now and I think that's ghastly."

Robbyn Drew, Craig's sister, spoke in front of the court on Friday about her brother and how the case has taken a toll on the family and her health. She said since Craig's murder, she's fought anxiety, depression, and stress.

Drew also mentioned that they have no contact with Craig's other children, and she misses Craig's smile, his humor, and support.

"The last thing he said to me is he saw a silver lining and he hoped that the children would come around and understand what was going on he loved those kids all of them and it's so sad that people will say things that he can't defend himself now and I think that's ghastly."

Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, who has been heavily involved in this case since the start, says justice was served.

"I'm happy justice was served," Sheriff O'Flynn said. "I'm disappointed anything like this could ever happen in someone's life."

Outside the courtroom, jurors said they have no reservations about the verdicts or sentencing -- they feel like everyone made the correct decisions. 


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