Daniel Mendoza Trial

Goliad County Sheriff's Office Jail Administrator Gary Diaz, left, escorts Daniel Mendoza, 20, right, to the Goliad County Courthouse for the remainder of the proceedings Tuesday afternoon. 

GOLIAD — Bridget Hernandez said she wanted to look her son’s murderer in the eye before taking the stand for her statement.

“You are the son of the devil,” she said while averting her gaze from Daniel Mendoza, who sat in handcuffs in the courtroom at the conclusion of a murder trial Tuesday. He had just been sentenced to 99 years in prison for the shooting of her grandson, Nathan Cortinas, who was also a father.

Daniel Mendoza Trial

Daniel Mendoza, 20, poses for a picture outside of the Goliad County Courthouse as he is escorted by jail officials for the punishment phase of the trial. Mendoza was found guilty of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment during Tuesday morning's proceedings.

Daniel Mendoza

Daniel Mendoza

Goliad County Courthouse

View of the outside the Goliad County Courthouse.

Brianna Bexley and Nathan Cortinas

Brianna Bexley and Nathan Cortinas

Jury Gift

Janie Hernandez, the grandmother of Nathan Cortinas, was gifted a small cross made of metal by one of the jurors after the sentencing. “She said she wanted me to have it,” she said, adding that many of the jurors approached her and her family after the conclusion of the trial. The ring on her thumb was gifted to her by Cortinas. “They go together beautifully. I love it so much,” she said.

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Chase Rogers covers breaking news and public safety for The Victoria Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communications and journalism. Chase can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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