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US Citizen, 14, Charged in Mexico as Alleged Drug Cartel Assassin, Could Get 3 Years in Prison

Posted Feb 10, 2011 4:03 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A 14-year-old United States citizen has been charged with homicide by Mexican prosecutors for allegedly serving as an assassin for a drug cartel.

The teen, who is identified only as Edgar, was born in San Diego but was reared in Mexico by his grandmother. He is accused of calmly telling federal prosecutors, as a camera was rolling, that he had helped killed four people, because he had been threatened and drugged, reports the Associated Press.

If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of three years, since he is a juvenile.

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