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Derrick Aldridge, Jr. plead guilty to Felonious Assault before Judge Patricia Oney
October 10, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release October 10, 2007

(HAMILTON, OH) Derrick Aldridge, Jr., a 23 year old Hamilton native, plead guilty to Felonious Assault before Judge Patricia Oney earlier today.

On September 17, 2006, Hamilton Police Officer Richard Cardwell, who had gone off duty and was on his way home, was stopped at the intersection of Pershing Avenue and Neilan Blvd. when defendant Aldridge attempted to open the passenger door of Cardwell's vehicle. Realizing that Cardwell was a police officer, the defendant fled and while running from police fired a shot at the officer Cardwell.

Aldridge was able to evade capture but with information from neighbors and fingerprints gathered at the scene, Hamilton detectives were able to positively identify the defendant as the perpetrator.

After his plea, Aldridge received a 9 year prison sentence by Judge Patricia Oney.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “It appears to be a car-jacking thwarted by Office Cardwell on his way from work. We must aggressively prosecute cases like this because of the very real threat of serious harm from thugs who just don’t care about hurting other people. Thievery and violence landed this young man in prison for a long time. The Hamilton Police Department has again protected the public from a potentially very dangerous individual.”

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