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* Luis Adolfo Villa arrested in Mexico earlier this year in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Matthew Johnson of Redwood City

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A 19-year-old man extradited from Mexico last week for allegedly fatally stabbing of another teen in Redwood City in 2009 will be arraigned on murder charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday.Luis Adolfo Villa was arrested in Mexico earlier this year in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Matthew Johnson on Jan. 3, 2009, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.After a lengthy extradition process, Villa was booked into the San Mateo County jail around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to Wagstaffe.Johnson was with two friends, also teenage boys, when he was killed. The trio had been throwing rocks at cars, police said, when a rock struck a car containing Villa and two other occupants.Villa, who was 17 at the time, and another occupant, Luis Herrera, then 21, got out of the car and Herrera began beating up Johnson while Johnson’s friends ran away, Wagstaffe said.”They were angry that the guys had been throwing rocks at their car,” Wagstaffe said, adding that the third occupant of the car never got out.But the anger quickly turned fatal when Villa whipped out a knife and plunged the weapon into Johnson, leaving him bleeding to death in the street, Wagstaffe said.Herrera, who claimed he didn’t know Villa had a knife, was arrested several days later at his home. On July 14, 2009, he pleaded no contest to felony assault charges and was sentenced Nov. 20, 2009, to three years probation and one year in county jail with credit for time served.Villa, who is being charged as an adult, was arrested earlier this year in Mexico, where he had remained until his extradition last week.He is charged with one count of murder with the allegation that he used a knife, and is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Monday. He faces 16 years to life in prison if convicted.Wagstaffe said Johnson’s friends weren’t injured in the attack, and that the third person who had been in the car with Villa and Herrera was never prosecuted.

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