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Teen pleads guilty in Durham carjacking, murder

Posted April 10

— A Durham teenager pleaded guilty Thursday to carjacking and killing a 35-year-old man in December 2012.

Justino Navarette Maya, 17, of 311 S. LaSalle St., was sentenced to 29 to 38 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police said Maya, a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl asked Johnny Danilo Villatoro, of Durham, for a ride on Dec. 28, 2012. Villatoro, a father of three who was originally from Honduras, drove them to the 2900 block of Firth Street, where they shot him and stole his SUV.

The 12-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the stomach and leg while inside the victim's SUV near an apartment building on Channing Avenue, police said. She was treated at a local hospital and released.

The 12-year-old previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is being held at a juvenile detention facility. The 14-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon and is awaiting sentencing.


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  • dwr1964 Apr 11, 1:33 p.m.

    With how sloppy they were in this crime, it fits really good with kids being the performers. 12, 14, and 17 year old children, usually don't make seasoned criminals.

  • ncprr1 Apr 11, 10:08 a.m.

    Second degree murder...29-38 years?? So, he'll probably serve what. half that? So this sociopath will be back on the streets at around 30-32, with plenty of time to kill a lot more people. All three should have life without parole at the very least, that includes the 12 and 14 year old girls.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 11, 9:05 a.m.

    The really sad part is, when they get out in about 10 years they'll be just as dangerous if not more so.

  • canucmypointofview Apr 11, 8:45 a.m.

    17, 14 and 12 years old?? God help us!

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 11, 8:35 a.m.

    MAKES ME SICK...29-38?? Why was the kid not given life for this murder!!

  • Lightfoot3 Apr 11, 8:25 a.m.

    Holy moly. 12 year old girl, pleading guilty to 1st degree murder.

  • LetsBeFair Apr 10, 7:09 p.m.

    least he fessed up.