A Seattle man who killed an 18-year-old man last summer has been sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison.
Edgar Alejandre, 20, kept his head bowed while the victim’s family spoke about their pain during Alejandre’s sentencing Thursday in Snohomish County Superior Court, according to The Herald (of Everett). He apologized for the death of Fernando Mendoza of Mount Vernon.
Mendoza’s body was found in early September in a shallow grave near Machias, east of Everett, by a person walking a dog, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Mendoza died from three gunshot wounds.
Witnesses said Mendoza was going to meet Alejandre on July 2 to settle a drug debt. Mendoza was never heard from again and his family reported him missing.
Alejandre was captured by U.S. marshals in Oxnard, Calif.
A second man, 19-year-old Victor Garcia, has been charged in connection with the slaying. Prosecutors allege the two men planned to rob and kill Mendoza when they met up with him in a rural area of Snohomish County.