If you’re going to kill people in Mexico, do it while you’re a teenager.
You thought the Casey Anthony verdict was proof of a flawed justice system? That was small potatoes compared to this. After calmly confessing to torturing and beheading at least four people, American-born 14-year old Edgar Jiminez Lugo was sentenced in a Mexican courtroom on kidnapping and murder charges. Thing is, he only got THREE YEARS for his crimes, the maximum allowed under law. Oh… and he was also fined 4.5 million pesos, about $390,000. Maybe once he’s released from the bing, he’ll repay it monthly like a college loan.
Peep the details from Borderland Beat, who always know what’s poppin with the cartels:
A Mexican judge on Tuesday sentenced a 15-year-old U.S. citizen to three years in prison for organized crime, homicide, kidnapping, and drug and weapons possession.
A judge gave Edgar Jimenez Lugo the maximum sentenced allowed for a minor in the central state of Morelos, said state prosecutor Jose Manuel Serrano Falmerol. Jimenez was tried in a state court because Mexico does not have a justice system to try minors at the federal level.
Authorities say the teenager confessed to working for the South Pacific drug cartel, led by reputed drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, and to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were hung from a bridge in the tourist city of Cuernavaca.
Jimenez, known as “El Ponchis,” was born in San Diego, California. He and a sister were arrested in December as they tried to board a plane to Tijuana, where they planned to cross the border and reunite with their mother in San Diego.
The two siblings allegedly worked for Julio “El Negro” Padilla, a reputed drug trafficker who authorities say has been fighting for control of the drug trade in Morelos. Morelos was formerly under the control of the Beltran Leyva gang, which broke up after alleged leader Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines a year ago.
Stories of a hit boy, maybe as young as 12, spread after a YouTube video appeared in November with teens mugging for the camera next to corpses and guns. One boy on the video alleged that “El Ponchis” was his accomplice.
This skid-bid is supposed to be punishment but it’s really a blessing for the young assassin. He can publish a book or sell his story to Hollywood. Or even better, he can drop a rap album when he’s released from prison. What rapper has more street cred than El Ponchis? He killed and beheaded a bunch o’ niggaz before his 15th birthday, which guarantees double-platinum at least.
The future is bright. [^_^]