Teen guilty of beheading at least 4 in Mexico
A 14-year-old suspected hit man was captured near Mexico City in December.
July 26th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Teen guilty of beheading at least 4 in Mexico

A 14-year-old born in the United States has been found guilty in a Mexican court of torturing and beheading at least four people and kidnapping three others.

The teenage hit man was sentenced to three years in a correctional facility, the maximum allowed under Mexican law. He also has to pay a 4.5 million Mexican peso fine ($387,500 U.S.).

The defendant, known as "El Ponchis" ("The Cloak") is a 14-year-old boy from San Diego. Because he is a minor, his trial in Cuernavaca, Mexico, was closed to the public.

He was captured near Mexico City in December. In an on-camera interrogation by Mexican military authorities, the youth admitted to brutally killing people - the victims all were beheaded. The video shows a military interrogator asking the slim teenager with curly hair several questions.

"How many have you killed?," he asks.

"Four," he responded calmly.

"How did you execute them?"

"I slit their throats."

A YouTube video that circulated last year purportedly showed the teenager beating a man with a two-by-four while the man was tied at the wrists and hanging from the ceiling, as other young people watched.

The teen was accused of of crimes related to drug trafficking - specifically cocaine and marijuana - illegal possession of military weapons, and violations against federal organized crime law "with the objective of committing kidnappings and aggravated murder," juvenile court spokesman Juan Carlos Castro said before the trial.

"El Ponchis" is not the only minor in Mexico allegedly involved with drug cartels. Social media pictures have surfaced in the last year showing teenagers and young men holding high-caliber assault weapons and wearing masks.

Six youths were captured last October in a town about 30 miles south of Mexico City. Graffiti in the house where they were hiding linked them to the so-called South Pacific Cartel, a splinter group that formed after cartel leader and drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in a shootout with the Mexican military in December of 2009.

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  1. sarge

    mexikins are always up to something.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • gbfgb

      If you took the time to read the sentence, you would have known it was an American.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      mexikins are always up to something. // sarge is just stupid

      July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • nkm

      Well, the story says he was American, but I'd be curious to know what culture he was raised in. Beheading humans is not something typically seen in this country, not even in gangs.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarge is a clown

      Sarge look up moron online and I bet you see your own picture. Where were you educated? How many times did you re-attend grade 3?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeteMD

      'sarge is a clown' – I am offended by your comment. My child just completed 3rd grade, and is much more intelligent than sarge.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      They probably spell better than you, I'm sure!
      And he's an American. He was born in America.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh sarge

      sarge
      mexikins are always up to something.

      yea.... like up in your mom....

      July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      Hey sarge, the mexicins on this thread did not like your post. Oh well.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. em

    this is a common thing in mexico. once we were there on vacation and saw someone cut the head off a chicken. never again that was enough mexican culture for me.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      not exactly the same thing. How else do you propose to slaughter a chicken?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • RayJacksonMS

      Luckily the heads just fall off on their own in American slaughter houses huh?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rb3331

      Really? Did you just compare 4 human lives to that of a chicken? Sigh...

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • kyllo

      ... Because chickens get such better treatment in the rest of the world?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vegetarian

      What do you think sir/Madam, when you eat meat here are they not beheaded, or you it the dead animals.
      Hypocirtes

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      Yeah... it is exactly the same you know, chickens and people... and seeing someone beheading a chicken (which btw also happens in the US, describes the entire complexity of mexican culture. You should get an Honoris Causa from Harvad asap.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicken Little

      That Mexican chicken was very likely treated more humanely than any McNugget you ever ate.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravi999

      em, How do you think chickens in US are killed? I have seen giant stainless steel machines made by Stork Gamco cut the heads off chickens hanging upside down on an overhead conveyor. One chicken every 1.2 seconds.

      I still love the American culture.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crabby

      I am surprised that you are not aware that they cut off the heads of chickens here in America as well. Visit a farm someday and you will see for yourself.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToniBaloney

      LOL RayJackson. So true.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I, for one, do not eat meat in any shape or form, and I am equally disgusted whether the poor bird is murdered in Mexico or in the US.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um

      What?
      You're comparing chickens being beheaded to someone beheading humans? And since when is beheading humans "Mexican culture"? They arrested him for it!
      Jesus.
      Go read a book.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cluck

      If a Mexican chicken illegally crosses the border, is it illegal too?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • caligirl

      Em....that is an ignorant statement and you Should not venture anywhere with That Type Of Generalization of Ones culture.....British Taught Natives to Scalp and we just did it better. How do you think they kill they Food you shovel in your mouth.....Please Stay home and Do Not reflex close minds like yours....

      July 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. adam

    sarge, he's american. Em, beheading chickens and beheading humans are too different things and it's not just a hispanic thing, it happens everywhere chickens can be found.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      And everywhere Hispanics can be found,. Oh, and what is a Hispanic?

      July 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phil

    stupid anchor baby.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • And YourExcuse

      At least he was born of a Human mother and his parents were humans. What's your excuse?!

      July 27, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. rolmodl

    Did you read it...US citizen in Mexico killing people maybe all US citizens should be ordered to stay out of Mexico...that is the way we operate the actions of one define the actions of all.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      I'm alright with this. As long as all Mexican citizens stay out of the US.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulz

      I will be happy to stay out of mexico.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Parity

      I'm alright as long as all people of Anglo descent stay out of the U.S. too.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. BetM

    cutting the head off of a chicken is an ENTIRELY different thing than cutting the head off a PERSON! The chicken might be dinner – how do you supposed people used to get chicken for their stew? Killing people is a crime. Killing chickens is just eating.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Why? It is still murdering a living being.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davethecanuck

      Shadap debbie.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulz

      What if you enjoy eating humans?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. zoundsman

    Please tell me they were dead before the beheading. I get annoyed when my collar itches.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ichi

    Wow, really in depth article!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. d

    u guys r racist

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youre Right

      You are very correct, d! And they can't wait to show their stu-pid-ity when they write. Guess they think they're smart but if that's smart, then everyone has a Ph.D.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank Pierce

    Send him to iran or china for his punishment.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cespur

    Trial him as an adult. Adult crimes deserve adult punishment, none of that 6 year in prison and some probation.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Re-Entry

      The true question is will the US grant him re-entry upon completing his short sentence for murder? He was a minor when it happened.... You know there will be some bleeding hearts group in the US wanting to give this clown a chance, heck he may even end up in a college dorm with your kid.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john 1121

    America cuts the head off of way more chickens each year than mexico...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cluck

      I choke mine

      July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. .

    This is ridiculous. One sentence? If the boy was born in Mexico and the people he killed were American, this story would be longer than one sentence. This is.. Wow.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. duuude

    where's the g***amn story???

    July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob the Builder

    Well, if he stayed in the US he would be freed. Tough cookies for Captian Decapitator.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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