Santa Clara Man Guilty In 1977 Murder Of Classmate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Clara man faces as much as life
in prison after a jury convicted him of raping and killing his
17-year-old classmate more than three decades ago.

It took jurors three days of deliberation before finding Richard
Archibeque guilty Monday of first-degree murder.

His victim, Mary Quigley, was found raped, strangled, mostly
naked and strung from a cyclone fence at Santa Clara's War Memorial
Park in 1977. The Santa Clara High School student was last seen
walking to a friend's house around midnight after a party.

The case went cold for years, until DNA linked Archibeque to
semen found on the victim.

Archibeque will be sentenced March 27 according to 1977
guidelines, meaning he could face between seven years and life in
prison. Under today's guidelines, he would face a minimum of 25

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