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Janesville man gets 12 years for beating, robbery

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Gazette staff
August 4, 2011
— A 21-year-old Janesville man found guilty of beating a man during a 2009 home invasion was ordered Wednesday to serve 12 years in prison.

Isaac Cortez will serve an additional 10 years of extended supervision and five years of probation, Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley ruled.


Cortez and two other men faced charges after breaking into a home at 3206 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville, on March 31, 2009. Police said the men were armed with an axe, a rifle and a knife when they ordered three people on to the ground.


They then walked into the bedroom and assaulted Mark D. Brown, who Cortez believed was involved with his ex-girlfriend. Police said Brown suffered broken bones and required stitches after he was struck 13 times with the rifle and had a DVD player and vacuum cleaner smashed against his head.


One of the attackers told Brown he had one week to pay him $500. The men also asked for drugs and stole two cell phones, according to the complaint.


Police believed the crime was gang related.


Police charged Cortez with armed robbery, armed burglary and substantial battery while armed. Fernando Garcia and Victor Garcia of Janesville also were arrested. Victor Garcia was sentenced in 2010 to 22 years in prison on charges of armed robbery with use of force and substantial battery. Fernando Garcia was sentenced to eight years in prison.


Assistant District Attorney Gerald Urbik represented the state during Cortezís trial. He asked the court to impose a 25-year prison sentence with 12 years of extended supervision consecutive with 10 years of probation.



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