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. Cathy Smith

    So his religion was not Islam? wow then it does not make sense?

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

      Shut the hell up your sick white trash

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

      he's a hispanc so that means if he is religious he is most likely christian, probably like you. he is most likely cathlic and smarter than you are

      July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      I do find it amusing Eric that you talk about intelligence yet you can't spell worth a lick.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dutspup

    no problem, he will go to juve and in a couple of years emerge as a well trained grade A criminal.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      That is what earlier stories said about it. Basically, he will be out when he is 18. Which means he'll probably come back to the US after that. After all, he is a natural born citizen.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      Yes, he will come back to the U.S. as a misunderstood little guy in need of love and understanding, and then be enrolled in a H.S. with your children or grandchildren. Hope that whatever school the creep is enrolled in has a policy against machetes on school grounds.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      Maybe he will get a job in one of the meat packing plants in the Midwest that employ a lot of illegal Mexicans. Fit right in, but I would not want to work the same shift as him.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marcus

    I bet he was taught at a Madrasa by Islamic Mullah!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat


      You are in need of serious counselling, man.
      Do not go about ranting & raving without handcuffs.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Musa


      July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |

      And wht your pedophile priests teach you?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. American 100%

    WOW Say It Like Is, you dint have anything smarter to say.... I'm sure you are living in a house a worthless Mexican helped built and I'm extremely positive you are eating a tomato or a lettuce a Worthless Mexican help grow and have you gone to a restaurant where a Worthless Mexican prepared that Delicious food you ate.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patdog

      The Mexican stole an American's job while building that house, stole an American's job growing that food and stole an American's job cooking that food. Yes, extremely worthless.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Deb

    Heyya genius, How else do you think anyone killls chickens to eat? Chicken is food. People are living souls whom somebody loved.

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

      You jerk, I love my chicken. ;~;

      July 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    The second he admitted to the murders, he should have been executed. Right there.....on the spot.

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

      Mexico doesn't have the death penalty. Only barbaric places like China, the middle east and the US still utilize the death penalty.

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

      Yes, and Mexico as a near failed narco-state with >30,000 murders is not barbaric.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patdog

    Anchor babies beheading the people Americans won't.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mauser

    Legalize and regulate marijiuana north of the border and keep the money here in the US,

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Colin in Florida

    Parents: Fail.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Justin

    You're an idiot.....

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg S

    I doubt this fella believed in any God, except the God of self!

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

      If there was a god to believe in I'm sure that he would, but since this god idea is a myth, there is nothing for him to believe in except money.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evolved

      Doubtful. Millions of people have been executed in the names of various gods.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Juan

    He has always called himself Mexican. His friends call him Mexican. His family calls him Mexican. His enemies call him Mexican. Mexico calls him Mexican. He has never been known as anything but a Mexican his entire life and now that he has murdered four people he is suddenly called American. He's a Mexican no matter what other name you have for him.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • OutOfContext

      You are right. This is a BS. I hate when people crap on the US and then use their citizenship as a shield.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      He is a natural born US citizen. Also, Mexico is part of North America. So, technically he is American in the sense that the crazy killer in Norway is European.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USA-Pride

    I bet he was brain washed by Islam.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ayanoosh

      Really???? Change your name so that ppl don't think all Americans have such ignorant hatred views! And you wonder how and where people get the idea to go out and kill innocent people! Stop being a coward – try saying such hatred things out loud in the real F#*#$ing world!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Angry at Gov

    What? You must have replied to the wrong story.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    Moron, he is a mexican!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesor

      Um...actually he's a US citizen, it's in the article

      July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • H in Texas

      Personally I don't consider anchor babies citizens. I consider them the sad side effect of their parent's greedy self centered behavior. Unfortunately there is a loophole in the law that lets them claim to be citizens. We should probably fix that.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      Actually, using them as anchors is not a bad idea.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • saveone

      dont mess with texas keep on keepen on , or something like that , i think we do need to fix that and make it retroactive but in the mean time they are citizens.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • saveone

      I cant believe i have to say this don't mess with texas. Well tex as much as i would like to argue with you i can't them darn babies are causen a whoe lotta grief. I do believe we need to fix that loopwhole for all immigrants. Not just mexicans. We especially need to get rid of those canadians darn hosers are steeling all our jobs.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ms codpiece

      pretty sure the story states he was Born in the USA...making him American.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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