Lehigh man sentenced to two life sentences in double homicide
A Lehigh Acres man who shot his wife and the Good Samaritan who came to her aid has been sentenced to life in prison.
Placido Moreno Torres, 49, of Lehigh Acres, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in the double homicide that took place outside his W. Ninth Street home in June 2016.
The shooting happened after Placido and his wife, Amparo, 44, were arguing outside at about 9:25 p.m.
Ricardo Vaca, 20, a neighbor, heard Amparo call for help, went to the driveway and attempted to intervene.
Torres shot them both and then attempted to shoot Vaca’s sister after she ran to help her brother, who had been hit twice. Torres pointed the revolver at her face and pulled the trigger again but the gun failed to discharge.
She managed to get away and Torres fled on foot.
Vaca, despite being shot once in the side and once in the back, was able to use his phone to call 911 and tell them who shot him. His family then put both gunshot victims in their SUV to try to get them to the hospital to save their lives. They were met down the street by an ambulance; both victims were pronounced dead on scene.
Deputies found Torres the next morning, hiding in the backyard of another person’s home where he was arrested.
Torres was found guilty as charged of two counts of second degree murder with a firearm and one count of attempted second degree murder possessing a firearm following a three-day trial in Lee County in January. He was also sentenced to 30 years in prison on the attempted murder charge which will be served concurrent to the second murder count.
Assistant State Attorneys Tyler Lovejoy and Leena Marcos prosecuted the case.