A 14 year old San Diego born American citizen has been found guilty and sentenced to 3 years in a Mexican court for kidnapping three people and torturing and beheading at least four people at Mexico Drug Wars.
The Mexican court sentenced the curly haired teenager, Edgar Jimenez Lugo, known as “El Ponchis” (“The Cloak”) to three years in a correctional facility — the maximum sentence allowed under Mexican law because of his age. The teen also must pay a fine 4.5 million pesos, about $400,000. After he was seen on video calmly explaining how he tortured and beheaded at least four people, the American-born teen nicknamed “El Ponchis” was sentenced on kidnapping and murder charges.
Mexican Drug Cartels recruit teenagers turn the into cold blooded killers
Mexican authorities also informed the 14-year-old was responsible for at least three kidnappings as an operative for the South Pacific Cartel.
The teenager’s age — and his on-camera description of the cold-blooded slayings — attrected international attention to the case. Analysts state the dramatic example shows how Mexican drug cartels were increasingly recruiting youths.
El Ponchis, the 14 year old murder mashine
Neither the public nor the media had access to the trial because of the defendant’s age. Only the judge, attorneys, family members and a human rights observer were inside the courtroom in Mexico.
Prosecutors called 43 witnesses to the stand during six days of testimony that ended early this week, prosecutor Jose Manuel Serrano Salmero said. There were no witnesses for the defense, juvenile court spokesman Irvin Vergara said.
Family members were present, but Vergara wouldn’t specify who was at the trial held in Miacatlan, near the central Mexican city of Cuernavaca.
El Ponchis Video : I slit their throats !
According to Vergara, the defendant showed good behavior during the proceedings that normally began at 9 a.m. and lasted until the early evening.
“He was calm, relaxed, and serious. There were no interruptions or disturbances during the trial,” he said.
Shortly after authorities apprehended him, the slim teenager with curly hair answered reporters’ questions.
“How many have you killed?” asks a military interrogator the Us citizen teenager on the video shown in court.
“Four,” responds the accused El Ponchis, who seems calm and collected in the video of the interview.
“How did you execute them?” the questioner continues.
“I slit their throats,” the 14 years old teen replies cold-blooded.
El Ponchis Video : Shocking Revelations
Authorities recorded the video only hours after they captured the teenager Lugo in December near Mexico City with his 19-year-old sister who is accused of helping him dump the bodies in December, as he and his sister were trying to catch the plane to Tijuana to flee back to the United States.