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. WVLady63

    He may be American "born", but I'll bet he is mexican. He is a Paper American at best!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • duke5343

      Anchor baby- thank god for lawyers in US that love to step & spit on the 14th ammendment

      July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • YourOwn Backyard

      And I suppose you st-upid-ly consider yourself to be a member of a Pure Race? What a joke!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FelipeBR

    Wonderful American People.
    Very nice and peace loving.

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

      This guy is a Mexican, not an American. He's just another example of a Mexican taking advantage of stupid American laws, and where laws have not kept up with the times.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read First

      DebG, you're way off base! Haven't you read the story? He is a full-fledged American citizen born in U.S. soil! He is not Mexican. His ethnicity may be Hispanic, but his race is also White according to the law for your information. So, get your facts straight before you spout off again. Thanks.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark Domingo

    I say couldn't have happened to better people (:

    July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Randall

    The Mexican "justice" gave him TWO years in prison.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kaz

    Brings new meaning to "Made in the USA".

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Casey

    I think they drowned in the pool....

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. toby

    I don't know how much evidence we need to demonstrate that legalizing certain drugs for personal and recreational use would eliminate the criminal element associated with drugs sales and distribution. Those who abhor marijuana and cocaine are the same ones who sit in taverns for several hours or drink an entire bottle of wine and then have the hypocritical nerve to suggest that alcohol is somehow "better" than those other drugs. As a taxpayer, I am sick and tired of spending my hard-earned money to incarcerate people for using these drugs in the privacy of their own homes. Peace.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    mom must be sooo proud

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Um

    WVLady....if he's born in American, he is American, not Mexican. Your racism is showing and it ain't pretty.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arpaio

      Another anchor baby with allegiance to the third world toilet mexico.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Byrd

    In this case, what's good for the geese is even better for the gander. Off with his head and lawyers won't earn a dime from the suffering. You can bury him in the parking lot.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TakeNoPrisoners

    PARROT, you little pile of horse grunt! Hiroshima ? We should have done it sooner and we wouldnt have had the murder at pearl harbor you little punk. Is your little keyboard stuck on large caps or do you have a seeing eye dog doing the work for your lazy ass ? Comment about your own country probably cuba, iran or north korea. If we said in a minute you and your family could come to the USA, you would be here and line up for O'dumbos porkuls...........................

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • The truth

      We have always been noble, bringing freedom, liberty and justice to the world.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dominic Santos

    Just do us a favor and keep him. We executed one of your nationals for raping and murdering a teenage girl; feel free to reciprocate as you see fit.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jusus

    Mexican people dont care about their own life,I found dead bodies on the street last night I couldnt believe it.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jonny

    The punishment of man should be that of their crimes. I understand hes 14, but any life form should accept the consequences of their actions and expect the same done to them. Id prefer that in America over spending thousands of tax payers money trying to rehabilitate or keep this person captive.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. heather

    the chicken comment is senseless but uou do not understand what he is trying to say unless you have seen someone behead a chicken the way they do in mexico or puerto rico and i am sure many other places. the chicken does not just walk up to you and stand still. first like whip it with a garden hose or strap until it is to beaten to run fast. then they chase it down, sit on top of it, grab it by the neck and basically saw it's head off. they do cut it off with a hacket over a stump like you see in cartoons, they saw it off with a kitchen knife while sitting on his body and grapping him by the hwad with there other hand. so the point is that the boy was possibly exposed to that as a child. which didn't lead to serial killing in all the other children that have seen it so it is no excuse for him. i believe because of his age he isbonly going to get 3 or 4 years for this in mexico. he will be out before he is 18. and because the mexican jails are so corrupt and he is member of the cartel, he will be very well taken care of there. mexican jails are like little cities. the imates have most the things they have in regular life, they just can't live the city. you can take them home cooked food and clothes and tvs. it is not prison, they are just grounded. he is grounded untill he is 17 1/2

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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