Sherman Broughton, Reina Rivera and Javier Ortiz
Broughton is the second suspect to be convicted and sentenced for last year's deadly hit-and-run thst killed Ortiz.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 28, 2013
Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Sherman Broughton, 23, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison, but will actually do 30 months (2 1/2 years) in prison and three years probation for one felony count of hit-and-run resulting in death. Broughton was convicted for the September 1, 2012 death of Javier Ortiz, 27. He was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $6,262 to the Ortiz' family.
Broughton was driving the 1992 tan Cadillac Seville that Ortiz rear crashed into when he lost control of his motorcyle while speeding to avoid hitting the Cadillac when it failed to stop at a corner.
Broughton was the second suspect convicted in the Ortiz' hit-and-run case. In October, Reina Rivera, 24, who is Broughton's girlfriend was convicted sentenced to one year in prison, but was suspended and given one year probation for one felony count of harboring or aiding a felon. She pled no contest in the case under a plead agreement.
In early September, Ortiz was heading eastbound at the 1900 block of W. Mitchell Street when Broughton going southbound on S. Pearl Street crossed Mitchell blocking Ortiz' right of way, according to the criminal complaint. Ortiz tried to slow down quickly to avoid a collision with the 1992 tan Cadillac Seville that Broughton was driving. Ortiz applied the brakes hard causing his 2008 Kawasaki ZX600P sports motorcycle to flip over throwing Ortiz into the rear right bumper of the Seville. Ortiz died of blunt force trauma he sustained at the scene.
Broughton driving the Seville then sped southbound on Pearl St. according to video footage recovered by police near the deadly motorcycle crash.
Reina who owned the vehicle helped Broughton hide the Seville at a northside friend's garage. A tip to police led to Broughton's arrest.