Sentencing for the Murder of a Taxi Driver

Ricky Ligonde, 21, was sentenced to twenty years in prison followed by one year of probation this morning in a Lee County courtroom after pleading guilty to one count of Second Degree Murder with a Firearm and one count of Robbery with a Firearm as a Principal. Ligonde was one of three indicted by a Lee County Grand Jury in May 2018 for the murder of a 46 year old taxi driver in Lehigh Acres. He was shot to death while in his car.

Ligonde was the driver of the get-away vehicle following the crime. Ligonde cooperated with law enforcement after he was brought into custody. He also agreed to testify truthfully against both co-defendants, Epimenio Leal and Angel David Arellano, as part of his plea agreement. Leal and Arellano have pre-trial conference hearings scheduled for May 8th.

Assistant State Attorneys Andreas Gardiner of our Homicide Unit and Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Justham are handling the cases.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office