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Cartel Kid Killer Sentenced to Three Years for Four Beheadings

**  CORRECTS SPELLING OF WORD JOURNALIST  **  A journalist interviews a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel while under the custody of Mexican army soldiers in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.  The much-rumored alleged young assassin nicknamed "El Ponchis'' was captured late Thursday at the airport in Cuernavaca, with his 16-year-old sister as they were trying to catch a flight to Tijuana and flee the country to San Diego where he was born, being therefore a US citizen, according to the Governor of Morelos state, Marco Adame Castillo. (AP Photo/Antonio Sierra)

** CORRECTS SPELLING OF WORD JOURNALIST ** A journalist interviews a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel while under the custody of Mexican army soldiers in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. The much-rumored alleged young assassin nicknamed "El Ponchis'' was captured late Thursday at the airport in Cuernavaca, with his 16-year-old sister as they were trying to catch a flight to Tijuana and flee the country to San Diego where he was born, being therefore a US citizen, according to the Governor of Morelos state, Marco Adame Castillo. (AP Photo/Antonio Sierra)  (AP)

The 14-year-old hit-kid who confessed to working for the Beltran Leyva brothers' drug cartel and to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were hung from a bridge in the tourist town of Cuernavaca, was sentenced to three years in prison for organized crime, homicide, kidnapping, and drug and weapons possession.

Morelos state prosecutor José Manuel Serrano Falmerol says a judge on Tuesday gave U.S citizen Edgar Jiménez Lugo the maximum sentenced allowed for a minor in the state.

Jiménez 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.

This is based on Associated Press reporting.