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. steph

    .... Because beheading chickens(for consumption) is the same as torturing and killing people... Suuuuure. So much ignorance seeping from only two comments.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ubad

    No more comments from dumb people please ... "saw someone cut the head off a chicken" Are you serious , I mean seriously they should take away your passport of writing that comment ...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      What kind of chicken was it?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. .

    Lol I love how they JUST added more after reading the comments.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. suebee

    he's only an American because his mother is a Mexican Illegal Alien who happened to sneak into the US and deliver him in the US. This is a fact look it up...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToniBaloney

      Why don't you give us a link, genius?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      There is the link. Stop being a jack***.


      While Edgar awaits his fate in Mexico, his mother has legal dealings of her own in the United States. Yolanda Jimenez Lugo, 43, and her current husband, were detained by U.S. Border Patrol officials outside their Logan Heights apartment four days after Edgar’s capture.

      Jimenez is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last month to illegally re-entering the United States after previously being deported. She faces up to two years in prison because of a 1997 drug conviction in San Diego. Her husband, Gabriel Aguirre Manuel, 46, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering the country and was sentenced to 60 days. He was expected to be deported after serving his sentence. Jimenez and Aguirre have two U.S.-born children, who are in the care of a San Diego relative.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      You're sure about that? Like you were there when the kid was born? Amazing.

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

      SueBee...you got the info from where....You cant just make ignorant statements.....OH Tooo late

      July 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MrDoom

    We don't have enough information here. Who did he kill? He might have done more good than harm.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    well that's an informative article. Nice Job, CNN!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    oh. they've since updated it. used to be only one line beyond the headline

    July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    That boy deserves to be punished in mexico thats where the crime happened doesnt matter where he was born

    July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jakers

    Obliviously you have no worldly experience or traveled. This is the way you kill a chicken before you boil and defeather the bird. Oh by the way how do you compare a human to a chicken? You lost me!! Idiot! No comparison to a human life!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Megan

    Get this teenager. Put him to death after he has had his last dinner- chicken.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    execute him immediately

    July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bellabiv Devot

    That's still a crime in Mexico?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john


    July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kreczk

    I know ! Call the U.S. consulate and demand your rights.... No No No...i got it..they better not execute him because it will have an impact on Mexican 'detainees' in foreign jails..... HA HA HA.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. optimist

    I guess this is breaking news? What else is happening in the Divided States of America?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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