After a road rage incident, a Florida man chased after a victim and shot at him 16 times at a stop. Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
This month, a Lee County Judge, Frank Porter, sentenced Ricky Ruiz to life in prison for the shooting death of Isaiah Robles, 21. Ruiz was found guilty and convicted by a jury of second-degree murder with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
On Feb. 19, 2020, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported shooting along Beth Stacey Boulevard at Woodard Court in Lee County, Florida. According to NBC 2 News, the 26-year-old defendant and co-defendant, Victor Colon Jr., 23, chased Robles through the rush hour traffic in Lehigh Acres with their car. At a stop, the defendants got out and ran towards the victim’s car, shooting him 16 times before fleeing the scene.
The victim was found in his Honda Accord with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators retrieved traffic video footage, which captured the entire shooting incident. Later, U.S. Marshalls caught the duo and arrested them in Hialeah, Florida. Both men were known to law enforcement officials.
"Both Ruiz and Colon are convicted felons and no strangers to the law. Together, they have been arrested over 30 times for crimes including weapons charges, robberies and burglaries," said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno during a media briefing after the defendant’s arrest, reported News-Press.
Before handing Ruiz his sentence, Porter told the court that the homicide was a senseless killing.
Though Colon was also found guilty and convicted by the same jury, he is set to be sentenced on Feb. 14 due to a quarantine lockdown.
“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,” said Robles’s grandmother during a victim’s impact statement, according to Fox 4.
Other family members described the 26-year-old victim as a father, loved brother, friend, and nephew.
Robles’ son was born just two months after his demise.