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. nick

    Well I am wondering what happened to my first comment ? GEEEEEE DID I Say SOMETHING bad ??? HEAVEN FORBID

    July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. terhina

    I pray for this kid.......i know that we are angry but we don't know how this kid was corrupted into performing these criminal acts. I know that there was an adult behind this!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. H in Texas

    I'm sure his family just came here seeking work. Don't think poorly of him. He and his family just needed a job.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. arose4yu

    these teens are almost like those sudanese child soldiers...I'm sure they have been beaten, threatened, and coerced to become this way.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Moses

    do not b lame the kid blame his parents and the soceity

    July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eastern Guy

    Give him the same treatment he gave to his victims.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Across12

    If he does all these things at 14 imagine when he will be 32 like the one in Norway, 100 times more tragic.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. markus

    A little couseling, (maybe he could attend with Casey Anthony), will no doubt turn this kid around.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ufoludek

    I stand corrected....row row row the boat, gently down the falls, tightly tightly anchor the rope around his tiny b...s

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. carnivalbarker

    time for Mexico to use the death penalty and make that worthless piece of crap an organ donor

    July 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • duda7331

      I doubt his organs would be of any use to anyone. I would rather die than have his organs functioning inside of me.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in Pa

      3 year – What a Joke !

      July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. reader10

    The only thing to stop this b.s is to kill them no prisoners.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JackAlias

    Slit his throat so he can see how it feels.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rodny

    well may be they deserve it, iam sure god will punish him in the end

    July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zzzzzz

    He should be tried as an adult.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. H in Texas

    Yay for Anchor Babies!!!! The ultimate unwanted children.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      hehehehe awesome comment. I wonder if anyone else will see that this is not one of ours.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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