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Man who murdered 5-year-old boy in Beloit sentenced to 40 years in prison

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision for the January 2015 murder of 5-year-old Beloit boy.

Ortiz, who pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide in July, was sentenced in Rock County Court on Friday. 

Multiple family members of the victim Austin Ramos Jr., spoke in front of the court Friday.

According to a criminal complaint, Ortiz and a group of men were driving through Beloit on the night of Jan. 22, 2015, when they shot at a vehicle they believed was being driven by a rival gang member.

Inside the car was Austin Ramos Sr, and his 5-year-old son Austin, who family referred to as "Junior." Ramos Sr. was not hit in the incident, but his son later died at the hospital due to his gunshot wounds. 

Following a short manhunt, Beloit police were able to locate the suspects involved. It was at this time, Ortiz was determined to be the driver of the vehicle and the orchestrator of the shooting. 

Ortiz's lawyer indicated Ortiz will be appealing the charges. 

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