WATERLOO – Relatives of a Waterloo man who killed his father in 2015 told him they loved him, but they want him to get help.
“We still love Rashod. He’s our nephew. We’ve loved him 28 years, we never stopped loving him,” Christine Campbell told the court Monday as Rashod Develt “Shody” Aldridge, 28, was sentenced to prison in the stabbing death of his father, 50-year-old Roosevelt “Velt” Aldridge at their home.
Still, Campbell said Rashod needs mental health treatment and medication.
“I need you to know that it hurt me severely what happened … I feel like you didn’t have to cut him,” Shirley Bruce told Rashod Aldridge. “We know the relationship that you and your daddy had, that your daddy loved you.”
The slaying divided the family, according to comments during the hearing.
Rashod Aldridge had earlier accepted a plea deal that reduced a second-degree murder charge to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of going armed with intent.
On Monday, Public Defender Ted Fisher asked the court for a concurrent sentence of 15 years in prison after relatives cited the son’s frailty from sickle cell anemia and mental disability, possibly caused by a seizure when he was a child.
But Judge Joel Dalrymple chose consecutive sentences totaling up to 20 years behind bars after prosecutors noted the fatal stabbing happened shortly after two other attacks that morning.
“The bottom line is a life was taken,” Dalrymple said.
Prosecutors said Rashod Aldridge had attempted to run over his father with a car in the early morning hours of March 20, 2015. The vehicle ended up crashing, and the father fled to the house, where the son attacked him with a knife in the kitchen, prosecutors said.
Roosevelt Aldridge suffered some wounds to his face and grabbed the knife by the blade stop the attack, said Assistant County Attorney Israel Kodiaga. He said a family member took the knife away and then left the house to get help. W hile the relative was out, Rashod Aldridge attacked his father again with another knife, this time in the bathroom. The blade pierced his leg, leading to a fatal injury, prosecutors said.
The son called 911 to summon an ambulance, but he alleged the stabbing was carried out by someone he didn’t know who fled the scene. A recording of the tape was played in court.
“The man is bleeding to death, need an ambulance,” Aldridge told the dispatcher. “He’s bleeding to death. But he’s still breathing, trying to get someone here to get him so he can survive.”
The concern expressed in the 911 call was in contrast to a lengthy, profanity-laden text message Rahod Aldridge sent to Bruce in February after he apparently learned she wished to address the court at sentencing.
In it, Rashod Aldridge refers to “Chuckie,” an apparent reference to character from the horror film series about a possessed homicidal doll. He threatened to beat her and her sisters and told her to watch her back.
“Might see Chuckie … Get your (expletive deleted) ready, because I’ll make a doll come back to life and eat your fat (expletive deleted) up,” the text read.
Bruce said she was afraid if Rashod Aldridge remained free, his anger might cause him to do something like that again.