Ave Maria law student accused of attempted murder of classmate, roommate

Robert Ringley

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Robert Ringley

— An Ave Maria School of Law student is accused of attempted murder after deputies said he shot at his roommate and threatened his ex-girlfriend's life.

Collier deputies early Friday arrested Robert Christopher Ringley, 25, of the 10200 block of Heritage Bay Boulevard, at his Golden Gate Estates apartment.

One of those involved, 25-year-old Samantha Morris, told investigators she briefly dated Ringley. He invited her over late Thursday to talk.

Throughout the night, Ringley became increasingly frustrated by her insistence their relationship was over, according to the arrest report, which gives this account:

After his roommate went to bed, Ringley retrieved a silver Taurus 9mm handgun from his room.

"Just tell me you love me. I love you," he told Morris. He paced with the gun. "I can kill myself. I can kill you. It's simple."

Fearful, the woman woke the roommate to help her calm Ringley.

Although all three had been drinking earlier, Ringley was the only one still going.

He poured himself two large glasses of scotch as the other two — both fellow law students — attempted to defuse the situation.

"This always happens. I love a girl and they dump me," Ringley told his roommate, Christopher Graves, 24.

At one point, Graves got hold of the gun and went outside to lock it in his pickup truck. Ringley followed and got the firearm back.

"I've got the power. With this, I'm the boss," he said, loading and unloading the weapon in front of his roommate. He put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger. Then he did it again, this time under his chin, Graves told deputies.

Ringley then forced his ex-girlfriend and his roommate to their knees on the street, the report noted. He pointed the gun at them and said he would kill them. He held the gun to Morris' head as she cried, she told deputies.

"How does it feel?" he taunted.

When Ringley suddenly removed the magazine from the gun, the woman darted into the apartment, grabbed a phone and hid in a closet.

That's when Ringley ordered Graves to his feet and fired several shots in the air before pointing the gun at him. Then he fired.

"I saw the big flash of the muzzle and I heard the bullet whiz by me," Graves said, according to the arrest report.

He and Morris eventually were able to flee in a vehicle and call law enforcement.

Ringley faces one count of attempted murder, and another of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Ave Maria School of Law confirmed Saturday that Ringley, Morris and Graves are students at the institution, which is located off Vanderbilt Beach Road, just east of Interstate 75.

Spokesman John Knowles said the law school doesn't have a policy regarding students who are arrested.

"This is not a situation we've encountered before," Knowles said. "It's in the hands of the authorities ... We're working through it in our internal process."

"It's a very sad situation for everyone involved, I'm sure," he added.

The school's honor code, available on its website, states "I will obey the law, the rules of professional conduct for lawyers, and this code."

Knowles declined further comment on what action would be taken by the school regarding Ringley's arrest.

This wasn't Ringley's first run-in with Collier County law enforcement. Following an August 2010 misdemeanor DUI arrest, a judge sentenced Ringley to 12 months' probation and 50 hours of community service hours. He also was banned from possessing or consuming alcohol and having any alcohol in his residence, and had to agree to random alcohol tests.

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naplesguy34120 writes:

I applied to thier law school and never heard back from them,I guess I diddnt have enough mens rea or Kool Aid in my system to meet thier requirements like this wierdo did ,oh well thier loss,bad decsions seem to epidemic with that place.

blogsmog writes:

He needs to say 10 hail Mary's and 15 our fathers and he' ll be forgiven.
Thank you,
Father john

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