Joliet man sentenced to 50 years for attempted murder of his son

August 6

Roderick Tademy, 37.

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that a Joliet man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the attempted murder of his then 12-year-old son.

In June, a jury deliberated for 35 minutes before convicting Roderick Tademy, 37, of 1221 Cutter Ave., of attempted murder, aggravated battery to a child and aggravated battery with a firearm. Circuit Judge Sarah Jones sentenced Tademy to 50 years on Monday.

The young boy was sitting on his couch and playing video games when his father shot him in the head with a .22-caliber handgun on Dec. 20, 2010.  The boy’s mother testified that after she heard the gunfire, Roderick Tademy told her that her son was dead. She dialed 911 and police arrested Tademy at the scene.

The victim survived the attack but remains in a long-term care facility and requires a ventilator to breathe. Roderick Tademy alleged that he suffered from insanity at the time of the shooting, a claim the jury quickly rejected at the conclusion of a weeklong trial.

“Roderick Tademy committed an unthinkably brutal crime against his own son,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Instead of loving and protecting his son at all costs, just as every father should, Roderick Tademy inflicted terrible harm on this innocent young boy.”

Glasgow credited Assistant State’s Attorney’s Tricia McKenna and Dan Walsh for expert trial work that secured this important conviction and sentence.