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Man sentenced to life in prison after fatal road rage incident in Lehigh Acres

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jan 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-01 05:32:38-05

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Ricky Ruiz was sentenced to life in prison Monday, almost two years since 21-year-old Isaiah Robles was shot and killed in a road rage incident in Lehigh Acres.

A jury took about an hour to find the two men involved - Ricky Ruiz and Victor Colon Jr. guilty. Both men were scheduled to be sentenced Monday, however, Judge Porter said Colon will be sentenced on Feb. 14 since he is currently in quarantine.

According to investigators, Ruiz shot the victim 16 times after chasing him through rush hour traffic on Feb. 19, 2020.

Video provided by the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows the whole shooting take place.

"This was a senseless killing," the judge said before passing sentence.

Prosecutors say Ruiz and his accomplice fled the southwest Florida area after the shooting, only to be arrested in Miami by federal marshals.

Family and friends of the victim wanted the judge to know he was a loved brother, nephew, friend, and father, killed just two months after his son was born.

Judith, the grandmother of the victim said, “We think of Isaiah all the time. The mornings are the worst; we wake up to the reality that Isaiah is gone [and] his son will never be able to go on a fishing trip with his father.”

Ruiz and Colon were charged and convicted of second-degree murder and firing into an occupied vehicle.