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. victoria

    slitting their throats doeasnt mean beheading them CNN

    July 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Honest Abe

    Liberals need illegals for slave labor? Bush opened the border moron – and he didnt close it after 9/11 either. Go spout your right wing LIES at a tea bagger rally.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiot

      Your an idiot!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    What an AWESOME judicial system Mexico and the United States has. You can chop off people's heads and get only a few years in prison there, and chloroform/duct tape your baby until it suffocates and get off scott free here! Oh, what a world we live in...shaking my head.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Honest Abe

    some people need to watch 'Reading Rainbow'

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

    He will beat the system and end up doing it agian since the laws are as weak as the lies of the u.s government. They should worry about america going bankrupt then this nonsence on cnn. GOod luck when social security is cut off.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matthew

    Sounds like Mexico might have a problem with American immigrants as well... All those darn Americans that go to Mexico and think that once they are there they can do anything. We need to make an example of him. Can we try him for the same crimes once they export him back to the US, or do we need to charge him with something else?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. el americano

    Merriam-webster:American-1.an American indian of north america or south america.2.a native or inhabitant of norht or south america.3. A citizen of the united states.google:americas or america: are lands in the western hemisphere, also known as the new world.United States of AMERICA has adopted the term and people have got used to it.The library of congress purchased a copy of a map where the term america is used for the 1st time. It depicts all of the western hemisphere. The fact the peruvians, mexicans and others don't call themselves Americans doesn't mean they're not.' United Statean' would sound ugly so it's easier to say 'american' to US citizen and it's become normal.The same way we have the term 'african-american we should have the 'european-american term. This is a country of inmigrants. We all have someone who got here and planted a seed. This is intended for educational purposes instead of insulting anybody.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiot

      shut up!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. el americano

    And I'm sorry I'd rather share knowledlege and educate instead of insulting people. Maybe the article is about a kid beheading people but he's a US of AMERICA citizen. If it was a US citizen saving lives he'd be called an 'American' hero. And yes I hope he'd get a harsh punishment. But I see all these people addicted to drugs in the US which means the demand for drugs won't stop neither the violence for the same reason.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiot

      See comment above!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trixie

    I bet the Islamic prophet Mo-Mo told him to do it.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Romany

    @valwayne:
    Obama isn't responsible for the immigration policies, moron!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiot

      You are a complete moron buddy...yes he is since he is in office he can change them but chooses not to! Therefore YES he is!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Romany

    Think we should visit HelpFaye.ORG and spam-post a link to CNN.com?

    July 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Romany

    @victoria:
    He said he killed them by slitting their throats.
    The beheading came later, obviously...

    And for the last time:

    WHY SHOULD THEY EXTRADITE HIM TO THE US?

    He resides in Mexico.
    He committed the crimes in Mexico.
    You don't extradite anyone to the US unless they committed a crime in the US!

    Jesus Christ!

    July 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Romany

    @Patdog:

    Liberals don't own this, tard. MEXICO owns it!

    July 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. neat

    WHAT ABOUT THE POOR CHICKENS INVOLVED? THEY DIDNT HURT ANYONE ! SOMEONE NEEDS TO CONTACT PETA ! CHICKENS HAVE RIGHTS TOO !

    July 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • kit

      hey dumas when did chickens become as important as human life??

      December 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MacIntact

    That's crazy, to hire teens and have them do such things is wrong... Unbelievable how the world can be

    July 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
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