Bonita Springs murder suspect accused of attacking inmate in jail

One of six men charged in connection with a Bonita Springs double-homicide was arrested Saturday while in jail, accused with another inmate of attacking a third.

Colton Russell Lance, 20, and Matthew Peter Pech, 36, were each charged with felony battery.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports:

On Jan. 15 a deputy discovered an inmate, Ronald Wells, had been involved in an “unwitnessed altercation.” Wells had a cut to the back of his head and redness to his face. He said Lance and Pech were the men who beat him.

No other details were released in the report.

Lance was one of six men charged in connection with the Aug. 1 slayings of alleged drug dealers Daniel Leonor, 24, and Israel Ponce, 20, at a Bonita Springs home. Detectives say the pair arrived at the Bridgeport Lane home to sell cocaine when they were jumped, beaten and suffocated. Their bodies were discovered that evening inside Leonor’s Jeep, which had been abandoned and set ablaze off a rural Lee County road, just east of Bonita Springs.

Pech was convicted in December on dealing in stolen property charges, said John Sheehan, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Wells, 42, is in jail on aggravated battery and drunken driving charges.

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