Ric Ridgway, longtime prosecutor in 5th Judicial Circuit, retires

Chief Assistant State Attorney Ric Ridgway, right, confers with Assistant State Attorney Peter Magrino during a pre-trial hearing in the John Couey case at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness back in 2006. Ridgway is retiring after more than 30 years as chief assistant state attorney for the circuit that covers Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando counties.

Apart from for a couple boxes stuffed with goods accumulated over the several years, the business house before long to be vacated by Chief Assistant Point out Lawyer Ric Ridgway is just about vacant.

A fixture at the Condition Attorney’s Business office for the 5th Judicial Circuit — which covers Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando counties — Ridgway has been a good friend, a shoulder to lean on, a mentor and an all-about pal to the adult men and women of all ages who prosecute situations in those people counties. 

“He’s a single of the most outstanding lawful minds I have at any time regarded,” stated Assistant Point out Lawyer Abundant Buxman, a colleague who has attempted cases with Ridgway.

With more than 4 a long time as a lawyer below his belt, Ridgway, 69, has determined it truly is time to retire from the prosecutor’s office environment. His very last day was Wednesday.