Conrado Virgen Mendoza, 37, a citizen of Mexico living in Chowchilla, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison in Fresno federal court for his role in helping his brother try to flee to Mexico after murdering Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh during a 2018 traffic stop, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said.
Singh’s killer, Paulo Virgen Mendoza, was apprehended at a relative’s residence in Kern County following an intensive three-day manhunt in December 2018.
In September 2019, a jury found Conrado Virgen Mendoza guilty, along with Erik Quiroz Razo, 30, an illegal alien residing in Merced, of aiding Paulo Virgen Mendoza’s failed attempt to elude capture.
Last November, Paulo Virgen Mendoza pleaded guilty to murdering Singh and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Quiroz was previously sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
Then-President Donald Trump cited Singh’s murder in early 2019 as justification for building a border wall between the United States and Mexico.