[UPDATED with Denial:] Jose Luis Villanueva Tries to Accomplish What His Brother Couldn't: Get Paroled
UPDATE, NOV. 2, NOON: As happened to his brother Juan Manuel Villanueva on Tuesday, parole was denied this morning for Jose Luis Villanueva, who is imprisoned for the same 1994 stabbing-murder and attempted murders
There was one difference: Juan, 35, will have a chance to go before the state parole board again in 2016. Jose, 37, must wait until 2021.
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 2, 9:19 A.M.: Parole was denied Tuesday for Juan Manuel Villanueva, who was part of a large group of gang members who surrounded three young men in a Fullerton alley in 1994 before beating and stabbing to death a 20-year-old man and attempting to murder the other two.
The inmate's older brother, Jose Luis Villanueva, is scheduled to make his own bid for parole this morning.
Juan was 17 and Jose was 19 when they and other gang members drove around Fullerton looking for trouble on March 31, 1994. They confronted the 20-year-old, Charles Matthews. They thought he had yelled, "fuck you." The gang members then drove off. They later returned to the same Fullerton neighborhood with even more thugs in tow.
They found Matthews, Ricky Michaels, 18, and Julio Duenas, 17, in a back alley. Outnumbered, the trio asked the gang members not to get violent. That request was denied. A fight broke out. All three were repeatedly stabbed. Michaels was murdered. Matthews and Duenas were left in critical condition. The gang bangers fled. They laughed and smiled as they ran away.
The Fullerton Police Department investigated the case. The Villanueva brothers were fingered. Juan, who was 17, was tried as an adult. A jury found him guilty of one felony count of second degree murder and two felony counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced on June 9, 1995, to 15 years to life in state prison. A jury found Jose guilty of the same counts. He was sentenced on Feb. 24, 1995, to 24 years and four months to life in prison.
Now 35-year-old Juan's parole was denied at Chuckawalla State Prison in Blythe on Tuesday. Orange County Deputy District Attorney Barbara Kim appeared at the hearing to oppose Villanueva's parole on grounds he has not rehabilitated nor shown remorse for his crimes. He gets his next crack at parole in 2016.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ray Armstrong is appearing via video-conference this morning to oppose 37-year-old Jose Villanueva's parole bid at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. Armstrong will cite the same argument that was used to keep Jose's brother inside.
According to a statement from prosecutors, the older Villanueva has "failed to rehabilitate and has shown an inability to follow the rules, even while incarcerated, by accumulating eight serious prison rules violations for stabbing another inmate, theft, possessing a deadly weapon, mutual combat, participating in a riot, participating in a group melee, and being out of bounds."
He is also alleged to have expressed no remorse for his crimes. Just like his brother.
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