Smithfield Man Serving Life In Prison Approved For Parole

Parole Commission Sets Release Date In 2021

A Johnston County man sentenced to life in prison for the rape and burglary of his next door neighbor 31 years ago has been approved for parole.

WTSB News first told you about the pending parole case of Travis E. Reddick of Smithfield in August 2018.

On September 29, 1987, Reddick was 16 years-old when he broke into the home of his neighbor on Bridge Street in Smithfield.  The victim was awakened around 1:10am by Reddick who was holding a knife to her throat.  The victim said she was raped by Reddick who then fled through a kitchen window.  She was not seriously injured, according to a police report.

Detective Joey Cuddington with the Smithfield Police Department investigated the case that led to Reddick’s arrest hours later.

During Reddick’s trial on January 21, 1988, he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and was sentenced to life in prison. He received an additional 15 years in prison after also pleading guilty to first-degree burglary for the same incident.

The state’s current sentencing law, Structured Sentencing, eliminates parole for crimes committee on or after Oct. 1, 1994. However, the NC Post Release & Parole Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines.

The Commission recently reviewed Reddick’s case and announced he had been approved for parole. His parole date has been set for October 25, 2021.

Reddick is currently being held at Caledonia Correctional Institution in Halifax County. Caledonia is a minimum/medium security prison.