CUERNAVACA, Mexico — A Mexican judge on Tuesday handed a three-year jail term to a 14-year-old US citizen accused of four brutal murders on behalf of a drug gang, a local prosecutor said.
The judge considered Edgar Jimenez Lugo “responsible for everything presented against him,” including three kidnappings, weapons and drug possession, said Morelos state prosecutor Jose Manuel Serrano at the trial near the resort city of Cuernavaca in central Mexico.
Authorities said Jimenez confessed to killing four youths, whose mutilated bodies were hung from a bridge in 2010 in Cuernavaca, on behalf of the South Pacific drug gang.
The judge handed the boy the maximum jail sentence allowed for a minor in the state, and a fine of 4.5 million pesos (390,000 dollars).
Police detained Jimenez last December at Cuernavaca airport as he apparently tried to flee the country for San Diego, California, where his Mexican mother lives.
Jimenez, who is nicknamed “El Ponchis,” has said he was abducted and drugged to carry out the killings.