Fort Bend County jury sentences man for killing classmate

Richard Mendoza found guilty in Christopher Daigle's slaying

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Richard Mendoza, Chris Daigle

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.

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