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El Ponchis sentenced to three years.

Edgar Jimenez alias El Ponchis after his capture.

MEXICO CITY  – Last Tuesday, a Justice Court in Mexico sentenced a 14-year-old U.S. citizen and drug gang hitman to the maximum penalty for a minor, he received three years in a juvenile prison for kidnapping, murder, and trafficking cocaine. The sentence is according to the law, but considered “mild” by observers. El Ponchis could be released from prison before he becomes 18 years old.

Edgar Jimenez, known as “El Ponchis,” worked for the Cartel del Pacífico (South Pacific drug cartel)  in Morelos, state outside Mexico City, until El Ponchis was captured  by Mexican comandos last December, when he attempted to travel to the United States.

The Office of the Attorney General in Morelos informed that a local juvenile justice court had found El Ponchis guilty of various crimes. Those includes killing four people whose mutilated bodies were found hanging from a bridge last August.

Minors like Jimenez have increasingly been drawn into the war on drugs, which has claimed around 40,000 lives in 4 1/2 years.

An army statement in December said El Ponchis had admitted killing at least seven people, but that he acted under the influence of drugs provided by the cartel’s leaders. Jimenez’s youth and the brutal nature of his bloody crimes caused shock among the mexican population when the reports surfaced last year.