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Mexican Court Sentences 14 Year Old Hitman To 3 Years In Prison

A 14-year-old American citizen has been found guilty in a Mexican court of torturing and beheading at least four people and kidnapping three others.

Judge Jose Luis Jaimes sentenced the teenager, 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 4.5 million-peso fine (about $400,000).

Mexican authorities also said the 14-year-old was responsible for at least three kidnappings as an operative for the South Pacific Cartel.

Prosecutors called 43 witnesses to the stand during six days of testimony that ended Monday, 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.

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?” one reporter asks.

“Four,” responds the accused, who seems calm and collected in a video of the interview.

“How did you execute them?” the questioner continues.

“I slit their throats,” the teen replies.

Authorities recorded the video only hours after they arrested the teenager near Mexico City last December as he was allegedly trying to catch a flight to Tijuana to flee to the United States.

The teen set to be released in December 2013, he will be 17 years old at that time. My question is will he be rehabilitated or come out an even more hardened criminal? In his short life already, he’s seen and participated in more violence than the majority of full grown adults walking the earth will ever see.

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