Johnnie Ridgeway III, a former Miami-Dade police officer who served two years in federal prison for a civil-rights violation, worked hard to put his life back together.
The 51-year-old drove a tanker truck, delivering fuel overnight to gas stations. A few years ago, he’d finally saved up enough money to buy a home in Sunrise for him and his longtime wife, Sonia.
“He loved his home. It meant so much to him,” Sonia Ridgeway said Thursday. “He paid for his crime, and all he wanted to do was work. He lived an exemplary life.”
But his life, police say, ended violently when a killer broke into the family’s Sunrise home and shot Ridgeway to death as he slept in his bed earlier this month. Now, detectives allege the plot was hatched by his own family — his wife’s nephew, Michael Colon, 46, who had “bad blood” with Ridgeway, according to court documents.
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