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. Seatac

    I don't get these claims of him being an anchor baby, what evidence is there that his parents were immigrants or even illegal immigrants for that matter? This person is a US citizen that committed crimes in a foreign country and he will be punished under that countries laws. This seems very cut and dry based on these facts I don't see why people are dragging immigration policy into this discussion since it absolutely has no bearing at all.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • trucking_tom

      Deductive reasoning.. He's 14, living in Mexico. What? You think his parents are here, mowing yards & cleaning hotel rooms while Junior goes to grandma's house for the weekend & gets caught up in mischief?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Deductive Reasoning ≠ making sh!t up

      July 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeremy

    Who is dumb enough to be kidnapped by a child? Pathetic. I would have broken the kids neck if he came at me

    July 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nicole

    Stop with the excuses. Anyone has the ability rise above their environment; it's a choice as to whether they do. He should be held accountable for his actions.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. russ

    Viva Mexico!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • tedwilliams

      Mexico is nearly a failed state. This kid needs to spend the next 50 years in jail, at a minimum.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bernardo

    3 years? So now now all the cartels have to do is recruit underage kids to do their work.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. samsam

    MAXIMUM 3 years?????????? WHAT? I would be shocked if it even said MINIMUM 3 years... that doesnt make sense. Do they need him to return to the workforce to support the economy or soemthing... thats crazy

    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Call4Peace

    Another medal of honor for US citizens. No need to blame Afghans when all that has started here in US and Mexico.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Xasthur

    More Christian violence!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tedwilliams

      Xasthur – You're weird. What does this have to do with Christianity. This guy worked for drug dealers.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xasthur

      When someone gets beheaded in the Middle east it's because of Islam not drugs or politics or anything so same here. Eat your medicine.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Canuk-eh!

    3 years and a 387 grand fine!!! Looks like the loonies are in charge of the Mexican asylum.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      no jail time for killing your own little girl (casey anthony), whos running the U.S. i hate stupid people.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaer

      hey bob its in mexico

      looking for a reason to put down your country?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      The problem with asking the boy to pay $387K after he got out jail is that he has to do a lot more hits.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      @jaer no im just saying, maybe we should start looking at our legal system before we Criticize another countrys. Casey anthony only had to pay 500$ in fines. It speaks for itself.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jessicaber

    My son was taken from me by SRS for no reason in the fall of 2004 and just months later placed with my cousin in CT. I am from Vermont. I am worried that (he) my son could wind up like this.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gh

      really? for no reason? you must be an amazing mother.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    Good, another ally of the prohibitionists off the streets.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. terry

    the Devil is busy

    July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • asche

      there is no Devil or god, only people doing what people do. the more of us who realize that and start dealing with it, the better off we'll all be.....

      July 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tedwilliams

    This kid needs to die in jail, but I suspect he'll be dead soon. Someone in prison should kill him.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rick

    Well did he get his chance to speak with the American Consulate?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      lol not a chance, mexicos renenge.. but the kids mexican, so i guess it doesnt count

      July 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kana

      @BOB – Did you miss the first paragraph? "A 14-year-old born in the United States ..." this would make him an American.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      @Kana i was speaking on his ethnic background, and judging by these comments; seems to me these Americans don't consider him one of their own.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. trish

    Hey guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life.... Thanks

    July 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
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