Beloit man sentenced in 2016 child shooting death case

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV)-- The first of four men accused of shooting and killing a 5-year-old in Beloit was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday.

26-year-old Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza pleaded guilty to a first degree reckless homicide charge in July.

Beloit Police say 5-year-old Austin Ramos, Jr. was shot while riding in a vehicle with his father in January 2016. According to court documents, Austin Ramos, Sr. was the intended target of the shooting.

Authorities believe Ortiz-Raygoza, 26-year-old Isaac Torres, 23-year-old Eric Salazar-Mota, and 20-year-old Hugo Martinez were shooting a Ramos, Sr. because of a previous gang rivalry.

On Friday, a Rock County judge sentenced Ortiz-Raygoza to 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision.

Torres, Salazar-Mota, and Martinez are charged with first-degree intentional homicide, party to a crime. They have yet to be tried.