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A second Racine man has been charged for his role in an assault of another man who spanked a child in May.

Jesus M. Rivera, 20, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety as a party to a crime, along with misdemeanor counts of battery as a party to a crime and disorderly conduct.

The felony carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison. The misdemeanors carry a total fine of $11,000 and a year in county jail.

Another defendant, Jonathan Rivera-Gonzalez, was charged earlier this week with felony counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a short-barreled shotgun/rifle, all as a repeat offender, along with misdemeanor counts of pointing a firearm at another, bail jumping, battery and disorderly conduct.

Racine man accused in assaulting man for spanking child

The felonies carry a total fine of $60,000 and 26 years in prison. The misdemeanors carry a fine of $31,000 and 30 months in county jail. Court records indicate a warrant for $25,000 for the defendant.

Gonzalez-Rivera also has a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint:
An investigator met the Racine Police Department regarding an assault. The victim stated the defendants came to his residence because they did not like that he had spanked his child to discipline him.

When the victim exited his vehicle, he was beaten up by both males. The victim said he was punched and kicked numerous times in the stomach and had sustained a laceration under his left eye. The victim also stated that Rivera-Gonzalez pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him in front of his children before they fled in a white caravan with Illinois license plates.

Rivera, who is being held on a $10,000 bond, will be back in Racine County Circuit Court on Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m.


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Denise Lockwood

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.