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US Teen Gets Mexican Jail Time for Brutal Cartel Assassinations

US Teen Gets Mexican Jail Time for Brutal Cartel Assassinations

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 27, 2011

CUERNAVACA, Mexico – After he was seen on video calmly explaining how he tortured and beheaded at least four people, an American-born teen nicknamed “El Ponchis” was sentenced Tuesday in a Mexican court on kidnapping and murder charges.

The San Diego-born 14-year-old, whose real name is Edgar Jimenez Lugo, received three years in a juvenile prison – the maximum allowed under law.

He was also fined 4.5 million pesos – or about $390,000.

Lugo was captured in December near Mexico City with his 19-year-old sister who is accused of helping him dump the bodies in December.

Authorities believe that they were fleeing the country after committing some chilling murders.

On the damning video shown in court, a military interrogator asks the unidentified teen: “How many have you killed?”

The curly-haired teen, according to CNN, calmly replies “Four.”

When asked how he killed them, he admits “I slit their throats.”

The stories of “El Ponchis” – considered one of the most jarring symbols in the bloody Mexican drug war – had become near-legend in the country after a YouTube video circulated reportedly showing the teen beating a man with a two-by-four while the man was hanging from the ceiling.

When he was captured by authorities, the teen said that he was kidnapped at age 11 and had been forced to work for the Cartel of The South Pacific.

At the time he told reporters, “I participated in four executions, but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn’t, they would kill me.”

The ongoing drug violence has claimed at least 41,000 lives since 2008.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Sad story all the way around. Obviously, there is no level the drug cartels won't sink to. They need to be treated like cockroaches and exterminated as such.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    I believe that Mexico holds you until someone comes up with that money. Because of the artificial, illegal drug traffic, authorities assume that anyone involved with the drug cartels will have connections and/or money. Drug lords can afford any fine or legal costs. The innocent go to prison.

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 3 years ago


    A cold-blooded killer at such a young age, very sad. This kid is on a one-way trip to the execution chamber later in life.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 3 years ago


    This might end up being a death sentence for that young gang banger. But I have a question, they also fined him $ 390,000. What happens to him when he can't pay the fine ?

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