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. timothyliao

    This headline is politically motivated. Are you trying to say that crime by illegal immigrants can have a reverse effect?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • IEK

      "Teen guilty of beheading at least 4 in Mexico" – That pretty much sums up the story. I don't see how you got political motivations out of it.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinkmuch?

      you are retarded, the headline states what the story was about, some kid beheaded 4 in mexico.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scain

    who cares there are way too many chickens in the world.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DoubleTap

    take him out obama..er I mean osama style

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. b. Slider

    man oh man, is this little punk gonna get it...ooooowwwwweeeeeee.
    I think they should turn ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER lose on him.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Dawn

      Actually, he can only get three years, max, because of his age. He will be back on the streets at 17 and killing again. So much for Mexican justice.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PARROT

    ANOTHER MASS MURDERER AMERICAN !!!......SEEMS LIKE THE ATROCITIES DONE IN HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI, THE TRAIL OF TEARS, THE SAND CREEK MASSACRE, THE MY LAI MASSACRE, ETC. ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR THE AMERICANS ??

    July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      @Parrot Americans have perpetrated some serious offenses, but please. Where's your outrage for all the genocide going on inside African nations right now. Or for the Nazis who murdered millions. Your post is inflammatory and totally off base for this article about Mexican drug cartels. Perhaps you should point to America's lax immigration laws that allowed this child to be born in our country in the first place.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • wpgguy

      Quite possibly the worst attempt at trolling ever!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bird Killer

      Parrot...Perfect name for a bird-brained idiot!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Don't bother Steven. This moron always posts inflaming remarks. In addition, they're always in CAPS. Kinda like a bad drunk that talks too loudly in a restaurant. Ignore and move on...

      July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BenA

      I highly doubt this person is "american" at all. Probably just some useless piece of anchor baby trash.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Princess

      Oh Steven! My knight in shining armor! You're last sentence was almost my exact thought!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mekoryuk

      Well said Steven.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • The truth

      You're right Parrot. And for all of those outraged, the truth always hurts.

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

    Just what the world needs another devil walking the earth at the age of 14. Sad, really sad.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Walt

    society forged monsters are getting younger and younger. with the law protecting there killer youths, how do you stop them?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Kill em early.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alberto

    you guys shut up about chicken,that's all they know killing each other,there is killing everywhere,but them people are worst man,they kill like aminals.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Poolchick

    Every country has their murderers. I just can't believe they are getting younger and younger. 14 yrs old and killing then beheading? This POS needs to be put down instantly and the same goes for the rest of his buddies that either helped, watched or have murdered people. I don't care if you are 8yrs old, you take someone's life, you should be removed from this earth.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      There are armies of children around the world right now. Look at the diamond cartels in Africa. Where's your outrage towards them?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      Steven, you asked a senseless question considering I started my post off with, " all countries have murderers". I feel outraged whenever there is a sensless murder whether it be in the US, Canada, England, etc. It's sickening to know that adults murder but children are now becoming killers. they should all be put down. Does that answer your question? Hope so.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philmore

    My name's CNN and I don't don't proofread my articles before I publish them.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. crashintodeez

    @Parrot – you are an idiot. Troll somewhere else.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark Domingo

    They probably deserved what was coming to them, I mean if he beheaded them he must have had good reason.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mari

      just like the California lady had good reason for cutting off her husbands penis.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rfw

    Sounds like Shane Botwin is on the loose

    July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Socks

    Damn CNN you copied and pasted like 85% of this article from the last one!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JustThinkinOutloud

    I blame reality TV...for not giving this kid a job!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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