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. The Opinionator

    Return the favour to the young man. If he's old enough to murder 4 people he is old enough to lose his head. If there is absolutly no doubt.....off with his head.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    Ate you for real? Its amazing how ignorant some people are. Cathy Smith just showed us all how dumb she is.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duh

    Islam?! This is Mexico where does it mention Islam?

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

    you didn't read the article very well... they are talking about the Drug War in Mexico.... it has nothing to do with the Middle East!! Way to go!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. whatAwaste

    Of course he's mexican. No young ass WHITE boy can work for the cartel. DAMN ANCHOR BABIES

    July 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetYour Facts Straight

      Hey, you lose sight of the fact that all Mexicans and Hispanics are members of the White race. There is no such thing as a Hispanic race for your information. If you speak about ethnicity, then Hispanic is correct. But if you speak about his race then White would be correct under the law. And he is an American too, since Mexico is part of North America. Therefore, he is just as American as you are, assuming that you are.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • One MoreThing

      Yes, Mexico is certainly part of North America, not South America. But one thing needs to be clarified and that is that he is not Mexican. He is a U.S. Born citizen! Therefore, he is an American just like anyone else born in this country.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plexie

      Hispanics are not per definition part of the white race. Some are, some are not, some are mixed race. Hispanic and Latino are artificial constructs on the part of people in the Clinton administration circa 1997 who wanted to used more U.S. taxpayer funds for so-called Latinos.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • OneMore Time

      Plexie, GetYour FactsStraight is very correct! Mexicans and Hispanics are truly members of the WHITE race. Unless there is a mixture of another race (not ethnicity), they are White. End of story so don't try to change it with your prejudiced views.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. GiveMeABreak

    Let them keep him and execute him.

    That should settle the score with the Mexican rapist we executed.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ExaltedMan

    Like the Oslo killer !!!

    This is non-sense !!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wendy5

    i hope he does get off easy ; he is an animal defianly broken

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

    It's Obama's fault.

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

      Of course it is, Obama has been a signatory to Beheadings unlimited , a sister organization to Ducks Unlimited.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellylee2020

      It's GWB, Republicans and Tea Baggers fault.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • WaitWhat?

      Such a tired, old joke. Try to be original. idiot.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leah

      what does president have to with this story?? smh.....

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Cause he is a Mexican Muslim

      July 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charles

    He would make a great american citizen! Allow him to come to America and we give him Medicaid for his hard earned work.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck is just that dumb...

      did you not read the article? cuz he was US born so he is already a citizen you idiot.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      No way, you guy's waterboard. You crazy !

      July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevareeno

      He IS an American citizen. He was born in the United States.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Born in the US? Ya, that explains his actions. I get it.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • caligirl

      Well Charles.....that is what the True "Americans" Did for the Mayflower.....So nice how they except help....and then turn on those who help them.....hhmmm. Thanks For showing us How Great They are as Americans.....Lead by examples

      July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arpaio

    Dream Act candidate.

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

      He is already a US Citizen, he doesn't need the dream act

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

      His mom popped him out on U S soil...
      We need to end that... It's insane.. parents should attain citizen ship first, if not... child should be the citizen of the country the parents are citizens of.. Popping out in a country shouldn't make you a citizen..
      Next all it will take is laying on some dirt from America, any where in the world when you give birth, will make your child an American????It's not too much more absurd..

      July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Mary – Sorry, no matter how much you want to end that, it does not affect the fact that he is, and always will be a natural born US citizen, just like you!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      On the contrary Mary, the lower half of US belonged to Mexico. These people have a god given right to "pop" one out if they wish.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GSA

    @Cathy Smith – yes you should be scared, now run and hide and we will let you know when it is safe to come out.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fundies

    reminds me of a Tom and Jerry episode.

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

    We are in trouble, big trouble. This world has become wicked. There is no concept of fairplay, family values, relegion. We have demons none as the GOP. We are fighting two wars and countless undercover operations around the world. America will never return to the days of glory. We are doomed, doomed I tells ya!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fundies

    Si.

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