Mexico judge sentences teenage assassin to 3 years

July 26, 2011 12:10:24 PM PDT
A Mexican judge has sentenced a 14-year-old U.S. citizen to three years in prison for organized crime, homicide, kidnapping, and drug and weapons possession. Morelos state prosecutor Jose Manuel Serrano Falmerol says a judge on Tuesday gave Edgar Jimenez Lugo the maximum sentenced allowed for a minor in the state.

Authorities say the teenager confessed to working for the Beltran Leyva brothers' cartel and to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were hung from a bridge in the tourist town of Cuernavaca.

Jimenez was born in San Diego, California. He and a sister were arrested in December as they tried to board a plane to Tijuana. Authorities say they planned to cross the border and reunite with their mother in San Diego.