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Teen pleads guilty in Durham carjacking, murder

Posted April 10, 2014

— 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, 2014

    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, 2014

    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, 2014

    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, 2014

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

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 11, 2014

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

  • Lightfoot3 Apr 11, 2014

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

  • LetsBeFair Apr 10, 2014

    least he fessed up.