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. crazyhawk85

    Everyone born in any country from Canada to Argentina is an American. America is a continent.

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

      Actually, two continents – North America and South America – but you are still correct – anyone born in either continent is technically an American. Peace!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • wake up

      You're more stupid than can be comprehended. North America is a continent. America is a country. Go back to Mexico and stop trying to be smart

      July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • unbelivable

      Actually, America is not a continent.. North America is a continent

      July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GW

      You're a genius, crazyhawk85. Do you think people from Peru say "I'm an American"? Idiot.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TakeNoPrisoners

    FelipeBR, peace loving yes, come to our country and do that and we will introduce you to the express line for lethal injections.......................we will then send your scaly rear back COD................

    July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John R. Robert Jr.

    Are you sure he was not Islamic?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. amazed

    The person that wrote this article just insulted all of us… I’m disgusted how such article can be published by CNN … I am honestly ashamed by this article and I’m not the person that wrote it or authorized this garbage wow… Please CNN next time put article that actually have a story behind it.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      It didn't insult me, what is the problem with the article?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Minorkle

    I must assume that as a juvenile he was sentenced to community service and probation

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shanon L. Kng

    I bet he was an Islamic terrorist!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vetter200


    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. not a racist

    to the idiots posting racist comments. Instead of calling this American teenager Osama style killer or calling him Abullah the butcher, let's call him Jeffrey Dahmer, Tim McVey, Ted Kisinksy, Donald Rumsfeld, David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy (just to name a few recent american celebraties).
    And by the way there is nothing as good as well prepare chicken

    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TakeNoPrisoners

    crazyhawk85, Websters dictionary states an American is: A native or citizen of the United States. I have never heard someone from Mexico saying they are American, or for any other country in this continent? Have you?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mexican

      I am an American... I guess there is always a first...

      July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lets BeCorrect

      It does not matter whether in Mexico they state they are Americans or not, the fact remains that they are, whether they like it or not.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe B-b-b-b-bob

    You need help, amigo. Do yourself a big favor and get it today.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Walter F. Fulton

    Damn arabs!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cheri

    This is tragic. The youth of today is so caught up in being famous, disrespectful music, and the gangster lifestyle that they are destoying themselves. God will intervene.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ProperVillain

    Would anyone like to begin the countdown now as to how soon it will take the Mexican government to blame the US for this?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TakeNoPrisoners

    not a racist , whats your point? learn to spell

    July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. it's all related

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    When fast-food company Chipotle was audited and hundreds of its illegal workers were fired, American citizens lined up the next day for a chance to work at those jobs. . .
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data from last year show that 98.3 percent of employees were confirmed as work-authorized instantly or within 24 hours using E-Verify. A 2009 report by research firm Westat found that those eligible to work are immediately confirmed 99.5 percent of the time.
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    July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      What does your rambling message have to do with the story? I know your type NEEDS to spew rhetorical nonsense to feel better about yourself but seriously...Plus please share with me the sources of which you get your figures. One more thing to think about, do you think it's the illegals at fault or the WHITE people who hire them knowing full well they are illegal therefor pay them 1/4 pay?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      And in CA that old crook Jerry Brown is trying to force the taxpayers to give them free college now too! I didn't get free college so why do I have to pay "at gunpoint" so people that shouldn't even be in this country to start with can have it?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
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