WATERLOO – A Waterloo man pleaded guilty to reduced charges he killed his father in March 2015.
Rashod Develt Aldridge, 28, had been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 50-year-old Roosevelt “Velt” Aldridge at the Randolph Street home where they lived.
On Monday, the son entered an Alford plea — not admitting guilt but acknowledging he would likely be convicted if the matter went to trial — to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in the case.
The charge denotes taking a life as the result of a sudden, violent and irresistible passion arising from serious provocation.
“Is this your free choice to plead?” Judge Andrea Dryer asked Aldridge during a brief hearing Monday.
“Yes,” he answered.
Defense attorney Ted Fisher said he and Aldridge explored the possibility of arguing self-defense but ultimately decided to agree to the plea deal.
Aldridge also entered Alford pleas to two counts of going armed with intent stemming from two knives he is accused of carrying at the time of the incident.
Sentencing will be at a later date, and Assistant County Attorney Israel Kodiaga said under the plea agreement Aldridge will face 15 to 20 years in prison.
This includes 10 years for manslaughter added to five years for one of the going armed charges for a total of 15 years. Whether another five years for the second going armed charge will be added will be debated during the sentencing hearing, he said.
The second-degree murder charge would have carried up to 50 years in prison upon conviction.
Aldridge, who had been free, was taken into custody immediately.
Police were called to Aldridge’s home March 20 and found the father in a bathroom with a single knife wound to his thigh.
He was taken to Covenant Medical Center where he later died. Investigators also found defensive wounds on the victim. The son admitted stabbing his father, according to court records.