Sacto 9-1-1
September 8, 2011
Yuba City man to spend life in prison for murdering wife

A Yuba City man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for murdering his wife.

A Yolo County jury in August convicted Ignacio Favela Mendoza, 41, of first-degree murder and he was sentenced today by Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg.

On May 26, 2007, Mendoza went to an orchard outside Zamora, approached his wife with a shotgun and demanded that she get in the car with him, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. A fellow worker tried but was unable to calm Mendoza. When Mendoza's wife refused his demand, he fired one shot from four feet away, killing her.

Mendoza fled and traveled to Mexico.

Yolo County sheriff's deputies, working with the FBI, located Mendoza in Mexico. In December 2007, an international warrant was issued and on April 1, 2010, he was arrested in Mexico. He was brought back to Yolo County in October 2010.

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