Man sentenced to 20 years for 2021 shooting that injured two

A Marion County Circuit judge sentenced a Salem man on Monday to 20 years in prison for a September 2021 shooting that deputies said at the time left a boy hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Victor Ventura-Robles, 20, pleaded guilty on Monday, March 20, to two counts of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to court documents.

Prosecutors dismissed charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon as part of his plea deal.

Circuit Judge Audrey Broyles also sentenced Ventura-Robles to nine years of post-prison supervision, court records showed.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies at the time arrested three men after two people were injured in the shooting, including a 10-year-old boy. 

Ventura-Robles’ pleaded guilty to trying to kill two people and seriously injuring another, but court documents don’t specify which victim was the child. 

Two other men have also been charged in the shooting and have court proceedings scheduled next month.

Deputies responded just after 1 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2021, to a report of a shooting on Northeast Tide Court near Northeast Surfwood Drive, in an unincorporated area of Salem, the sheriff’s office said in a news release at the time.

Initial reports said at least two people were injured and witnesses saw someone flee in a vehicle, which police later found.

The sheriff’s office said at the time that a 10-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in an ambulance with life-threatening injuries, and the second injured person, a 31-year-old male, was in stable condition. 

Marion County detectives arrested Ventura-Robles and 21-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of Dallas the following day.

Ramirez and another man, 21-year-old Gabriel Herrera, each face three counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, court records showed. Court proceedings are scheduled for April 3 for Herrera’s case and April 10 for Ramirez’s in Marion County Circuit Court.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.