To friends and associates, Ronald C. Vinci lived the life so many dreamed of. He had self-made millions, a collection of Fort Lauderdale waterfront homes and a girlfriend.
Tuesday, his girlfriend, 54-year-old Catherine Marie Pileggi, surrendered to face a charge of first-degree murder in his death.
The body of Vinci, 70, was found June 28 at his newly purchased mansion at 101 SW Coconut Dr., in the well-to-do Tarpon River neighborhood, after police received a call saying his corpse was wrapped in duct tape.
When police arrived, they found his body on the floor, covered with bedding and plastic bags.
Pileggi was booked Tuesday into the Broward County Main Jail and held without bail.
She surrendered herself to Fort Lauderdale police after she was advised through a lawyer that she was wanted for first-degree murder, police spokesman Detective Travis Mandell said.
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