SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance during an argument over $60 has been extradited to Southern California to face a murder charge after more than a decade on the run.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Monday that 59-year-old Juan Palacios was turned over to the FBI last week by authorities in his native El Salvador.
Palacios was charged in 2004 with killing 32-year-old Mario Cano Santamaria in a Tustin courtyard.
The Orange County Register reports Palacios was arrested in El Salvador in December 2016. Extradition was granted in March.
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He’s being held in Orange County jail. The newspaper says if convicted he could face up to 25 years to life in prison.