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. FK

    What does Islam has to do with this. You people are completely ignorant. First of all teen was natural born US Citizen and was Mexican decent and we know they are all Christen not Islamic. Take your stupidity and go to tallest building in your town and jump from it. We will have 1 less stupid person in this world.

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

      Harsh words coming from someone who can't spell descent or Christian, and who's grasp of grammar and syntax is spotty at best. Way to go, Captain Irony.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. taxed

    So are they going to kill it or screw the taxpayers?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justice

    Let the Mexicans execute him like we did one of their murderers in Texas last month – We would be thankful instead of protesting the execution of this POS.

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

      Mexico does not have the death penalty, nimrod!

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

      They don't execute in Mexico. They'll feed him for twenty years and then shove him back on the streets and wonder why he starts killing again. Or is that New York?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sweet_genius!

    anchor baby

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

    Show his face...come on....he's a big bad tough dude...show his freakin' face.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mary

    From San Diago?
    His mom hopped right over the border, and he born here..Right?
    Doesn't make him an American..
    We need to get a handle on the born in America makes you and automatic American.. If your parents attain citizenship first.. OK.. If not.. You should still be the citizen of the country your parents are citizens of...

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

      I think we should also make that rule retroactive. You have to provide your family tree and anyone whose family is not a native american must leave the country! Sorry, you can't change the rules for natural born citizenship.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacques

      @Mary Sorry to disrupt your fantasy but under the law it DOES make him an american. I realize you don't like that but you will have to get over it.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Mary – Does your little fantasy rule apply to citizens of places like the UK, or does your rule only apply to places like Mexico and other countries whose people you have a problem with? And, nice of you to make assumptions. What if his parents were here on green cards? For all you know, his parents could actually have their citizenship, but in your bigoted mind you haven't even considered that possibility. You just automatically assumed his parents were illegals!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      frmrma – In the article it states that his mother and her new husband were having legal issues of their own due to ILLEGAL entry in the US. So it's not an assumption that they are illegals – it's a fact!

      Also, I think it's completely understandable when a child is born in another country when the mother is there on vacation (more so when it is planned out well in advance) or a business trip, but there are MANY that come here (including some from Europe!) who plan it out to have the child here just so their child will have US citizenship. There was a special awhile back where there are actual packages in New York that put together a midwife, a nurse, hotel suites, and even meals and they cater to European and Asian women.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Guys like @ Marcus nmeed to be committed.

    I think we need to focus more on what is going on across south of the border than thousands of miles away across oceans.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Damian

    Piece of crap save everyone the trouble and execute him!!

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

      Mexico does not have the death penalty so it isn't going to happen.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. deb

    So he was born here (anchors away my friend) and went INTO Mexico and killed? I guess crossing a border, any border, is just inborn in them.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alicia

    Ancor found guilty.....

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

      Make sure you tie the rope around his b...s first...

      July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • He's just a misunderstood young man....

      Isn't that the Liberal mantra?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ufoludek

      row row row the boat, gently down the falls, tightly tightly place the rope around his tiny b...s

      July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously...

      do you mean "anchor?"

      July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jellylee2020

    Mexico is welcome to execute him at your earliest convenience. Remember how we executed that Mexican murderer in Texas a month ago without notifying the Mexican consulate? Please do the same and don't bother to notify the US embassy.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Mexico does not have the death penalty

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      The cartels seem to take care of that problem for the government

      July 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetcougar

      You are a complete idiot – Mexico does not have the DP tard!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • caligirl

      Sadly.....this is still a child that has been taught and guided to this life style. Saddens me that a youth would have done this. But, eye for an eye does not always apply. Knowledge is best.......ignorance is what we are all dealing with already

      July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Badeley-Bent

      I suspect he committed autrocities here in the US. That may be why he was in Mexico. The question is would Mexico honor an extradition request knowing that he could be executed here?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DEW

    our gov. don't care , if they did they would closed the border.amensty to all killers and vote dem.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dr.Zit

    Hang him high.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Prince

    eish

    July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. idk, Alicia Keys

    Kill it. Torture it and kill it. Then forget about it.

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