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. Mark

    He was born from in America because his parents were illegal aliens, kill him

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

    So this kid beheads four people and gets a slap on the wrist because he's a minor. He knew exactly what he was doing and should be put down like a dog.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • gummyballz

      ya because that will teach the cartels that forced him in to the life as a child not to use children anymore....

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

      Everyone has a choice, whether or not you decide to choose the correct one is up to each individual.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Whiney Libs

    Lipstick on a pig.

    He is still Mexican thug...call him whatever you want.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nc828

    Since he is an American citizen living in Mexico and particularly since he is a minor, did the Mexican authorities advise him of his right to contact the American Embassy prior to interrogation? Of course not! Neither Mexico's nor Norway's treatment of mass murderers is satisfactory! What's frightening is that Mexico will probably deport him to the US at at the conclusion of his lengthy 3 year sentence for multiple murders. Hope they give us a heads-up.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tydiggity2

    Death sentence!! Give this kid a taste of his own medicine!! This is insanity.. He deserves to be killed!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. H in Texas

    This kid should be the poster child for why we need to alter the 14th amendment. I heard a NPR interview with a young girl crying as she explained to her younger brother that they were "anchor babies" and what that meant. She was talking about how she felt so unwanted and was constantly pawned off on relatives just like this poor kid. Imagine that mindf#@k? Growing up and then realizing Mommy and Daddy (if they are even still together) just had you so they could take advantage of another governments laws and systems. Tragic. Truly tragic.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. motdot

    God, I would do anything to find this punk and crap down his throat.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sarah

    Lets see 3 years in a Mexican prison........14 years old.......he won't make it out alive

    July 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bigb19

    Where are the human rights groups asking for his extradition back to the U.S? I mean, he is a U.S. born hit man, excuse me, hit kid. Oh! I understand now!! If he were in the States, he might be tried as an adult, YET, in the Republic of Mexico, he'll be tried as a minor.

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

      That works out to nine months per murder. Great job mexico. What a dump !!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • casticu

      The minor is American but I doubt that the Courts here could try him for the murders because they were committed in Mexico. So this is why I believe no effort was made to extradite him back to the States.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Yes, because the laws of the land where the crime was committed are what apply. If he were extradited to the U.S., what would be the charges? Do you know more about this young man than the story writer does? If he has committed crimes in the U.S., have you reported such?

      July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fandango

    To Veritas who writes, in part " 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."...............................................
    First of all, there ain't a damned thing civilized about Mexico and that kind of sentencing proves it. You are talking about a country so corrupt that the police, militia and their entire government can't be trusted because they are all part of these killings for the drug money they get. And no, sweetie, it is not a national embarassment to most of the LEGAL CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY, an embarassment to anchor babies such as yourself, maybe. if you don't like it, hit the road south to your own country!!! Otherwise, shut the h%ll up!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rositta


      July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Journeys

    Some pretty ignorant comments here!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • marat

      Wow, thank you SO much for telling us about all of the "ignorant comments" here! You are so enlightening! And I think your comment was simply the most brilliant on this topic.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Romany

    A thug is a thug is a thug. It doen't matter if he was born here or on the Moon, he's a frigging little pos, and he should dealt with accordingly.

    And thank you, trucking_tom. You have hit the nail on the head.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. casey

    You can take the redneck out of the south but you can't take the racist out of the redneck.

    Open you mind you moron. Every white person on this continent came from another country. We don't own this land as white people, why would you close the border to those seeking a better life when that is exactly the reason we live here?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nombre

    Viva Mexico!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    He got one year in jail for each person's head he cut off. Mexico gotta love it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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