Fort Bend County jury sentences man for killing classmate

Richard Mendoza found guilty in Christopher Daigle's slaying

Published On: Nov 21 2011 04:50:59 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 11 2013 11:44:38 AM CST
RICHMOND, Texas -

A man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a classmate.

A Fort Bend County jury found Richard Mendoza guilty of killing Christopher Allen Daigle.

Daigle was 17 when he disappeared in 2002. Detectives said Mendoza fatally shot Daigle in a rural area between Arcola and Juliff and left his body there.

Mendoza and Daigle had been friends and played baseball together since they were 5 years old, investigators said.

Mendoza must serve at least 25 years of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole.