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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soundoff (449 Responses)
  1. Cody

    Why isn't he in hand cuffs?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RobbD

    Just when you thought things couldn'tt possibly get any worse......yikes

    July 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. citizen

    Ahhhh... the nice influences of our illegal friends. Get used to it America.

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

      He was from San Diego, so you sir are RETARDED

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

    This man-boy committed the man's crime of brutal torture and murder and should pay the price with a bullet in his head.

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

      Your "man's crime" and associated punishment all depend on where you commit the crime. U.S. law only applies within the United States and possibly U.S territories. Other sovereign countries have there own judicial system. So before you commit a crime you might want to check the local laws.

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

    Do unto others as you would have done to you..........................

    July 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ronn Peterson

    We need to start a vigilaqante armed fence on the border live ammo. The time has come!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Please tell me how building a fence has anything to do with this story? i guess you didnt read the part where it states that they boy was FROM THE U.S.A. once again i hate stupid people.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arturo

    This is a US citizen in Mexico!, the boy wasn't mexican.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. otis

    This man-boy committed a man's crime and should pay for it with a bullet to the back of his head.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bribarian

    Coming to a neighborhood near you, thanks liberals!

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

      Uh... it's a MEXICAN court, not a U.S. Court. He'd be tried as an adult and get the death penalty across the border in Arizona – which is what he richly deserves.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheUprightMan

      What does liberals have to do with this you stupid moron. Yeah, I never beat my kids and they are honor students. Not to mention virgins who do not smoke or drink which is rare for teens. So take your conservative BS somewhere else.

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

      The press loves to talk about this 'US born' teen. What they wont tell you is that he was the child of illegals. They will not say this however because it does not fit their message.

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

      It's rather thanks to con gun promoting policy. Thanks gun freaks.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelzabarber


      July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Since he is 14 he would be ineligible for the death penalty in the U.S. Fortunately, Mexico is one of the civilized nations of the world that has abandoned premeditated murder as an option in its penal code. It is a national embarassment that the United States still has this option. Murder is murder and it's wrong regardless of who does it, regardless if it is a thug in a back ally or the state in a lethal chamber. The United States is the moral equivilant of the murderers that it kills as part of its penal code. When the state commits premeditated murder it is no different than when an individual commits it.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dubbs

      I think that's just what you want to think- I think that your kids are not virgins and probable smoke like a chimney- wake up and smell the coffee fool.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • gummyballz

      I would love to see what would happen to you had you been kidnapped at 11 and forced by evil greedy men to torture and kill, would you then be so quick to blame liberals?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzHitman

      @ Newsreel – Yeah because he used a Gun to chop someone's head off right? Moron.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • yesuranidiot

      Yes your an idiot...read the story next time, a$$clown

      July 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Bribarian has nothing to contribute. I suspect there may be a little home-grown terrorist in the blood.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • casey

      I am glad you posted this asinine response. It shows just how ignorant the republican party members are. This article is about an american kid comitting heinous crimes in mexico, getting tried and sentenced in MEXICO. Yet he still thinks its the Liberals fault. If anything one could argue that he got into the cartel life because it showed a way for him to make money and escape the poverty level that many of the american born cartel members come from, because the Conservative agenda gives money to the rich not the poor.

      So Thank you conservatives for indirectly supporting the drug cartels. How you like that reasoning!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

      No wonder drug traffics have set up shop strongly in Mexico where they are able to push and implement laws that allow them to take advantage of juvenile labor, in this case a 14 year old hit man, where the maximum penalty they'll get is 3 years. What a slap on the wrists. How soon will that sting wear off and they're adults and ready to do the same thing again this time bigger and badder. Now tell me if this little 14 year old didn't care one bit the least for life what are the chances that he's going to reform when he's 17-18. More likely that the cartells will have him executed in prison to make sure he remains quiet. Very Sad issue.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzHitman

      He's probably saying those things because the kid is most likely an anchor baby, and liberals love the slave labor of illegals.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boscoe

      He is blaming you liberals because you support allowing mexicans to come into the country with impunity (to get votes for democrats eventually) and you people are the reason the US will soon turn into the sheethole mexico is.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patdog

      Uptightboy – You Libtards are the ones always defending Mexico, illegals and anchor babies. This is your product. You own it.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marcia

    So does this balance the Mexican national that was executed in Texas. 3 years and cash is not enough I think

    July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maria

    They should behead him ,same thing he did to the victims ,"eye for eye,teeth for teeth "is my motto.he will became a killer ,worse than he is now,unless someone kills him at jail wich is possible ,and soon I hope so!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • fandango

      I hope he is killed in jail, too.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aces

    I'll lay you 4:1 he is an anchor baby.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chuck Steak

    Just don't deport the little bast**d back here to us! Since we have a gazillion of THEM, they can keep this ONE of ours!!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ROBERT

    A 14 year old who beheaded 4 people is satan in a child's form. 3 yrs. in a correctional facility ???!!....
    He will then be deported to the US...where he will certainly kill & kill until he is caught or killed himself....insanity !!!

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


      He is an American Citizen AND has Mexican Citizenship (they allow dual citizenship) so he can move freely between the two countries.

      Wat a country!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzHitman

      Actually, his citizenship to America should be revoked. Why is it that liberals want this kind of trash in our country?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Romany

    Hmmmm. Let's see:
    His mother is in the life.
    His father is in the life.
    His mother snuck into the US, gave birth, got the papers, went back to Mexico, and resumed her life working for the cartels, all while raising her baby in that lifestyle.
    Her papers attesting to his American birth is his get-out-of-jail-free card.
    Doesn't anyone see this?
    Close the borders, legalize MJ, and be done with animals like this.
    For him and "people" like this are nothing but garbage, and should be incinerated *like* garbage.

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