Prison Sentence for Downtown Fort Myers Shooter

Derek Riccobono, 27, was sentenced to 35 years in prison followed by 15 years of probation for shooting a man in downtown Fort Myers. The closed-circuit cameras throughout downtown monitored by the Fort Myers Police Department led to the identity of the defendant and helped bring this case to resolution.

Riccobono and the victim did not know each other. Both men were out for the evening in 2017 when an altercation between the two happened in the Patio de Leon area of downtown. The defendant then walked to his SUV and drove back to where the victim was and began following him from a short distance. Near Hendry and First Streets Riccobono pulled out a Glock 30 and shot the victim in the leg.

The sentencing this afternoon was for the guilty charges in his January trial for this case. He was found guilty of one count of Attempted First Degree Murder – actual possession and discharge causing great bodily harm and one count of Discharging from a Vehicle within 1,000 ft. of a Person. Following his prison sentence, during probation, he must undergo random screenings for drugs and alcohol. He will have a mental health evaluation, must have no contact with the victim, pay court costs and surrender his firearm.

Assistant State Attorneys Christine Cummins and Josh Fredrickson prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office