Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years

Wednesday morning, a federal judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

Guzman was convicted in February in an epic drug-trafficking case.

The 62-year-old drug lord - sporting his trademark moustache after being clean-shaven during his trial - also used what could be his last chance to speak in public by complaining about being kept in solitary confinement since he was brought to the stand trial after twice breaking out of Mexican prisons.

The term - life plus 30 years - was a foregone conclusion. And the chances the USA government could collect on a roughly $12.5 billion forfeiture order are zero, they add. He said U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct.

Though other top cartel figures had been extradited to the United States before, Guzman was the first to go to trial rather than pleading guilty.

It prompted Guzman's defense lawyers to seek a retrial, but the judge denied the motion on July 3, saying there were no grounds for a new trial.

El Chapo's trial has been highly-publicized with many media outlets camping outside the court to get exclusive scoops on his legal developments.

He also said that his case was "stained" by juror misconduct and said he was not pleased with the conditions of his imprisonment in NY.

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The charges, which also include money laundering and weapons-related offences, carry a mandatory life sentence. They had already asked Cogan to overturn it, citing a report that jurors disobeyed court rules by reading news reports about the case during the trial, but the judge rejected that request.

While visitation is allowed, Guzman will still be barred from seeing his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, in the flesh thanks to stringent security restrictions that have been in place during his jail stint in NY.

Speaking through a translator at a federal court in Brooklyn, Guzman called his confinement in the United States "psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day".

Ms Coronel regularly attended Guzman's proceedings even when testimony cast her in a harsh light.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is destined to live out his days at the country's only supermax prison in Colorado - and he'll never get to see his beauty-queen wife again, The Post has learned. The Supermax holds 376 male inmates, a collection of some of the most notorious criminals in the world.

But following the sentencing Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of NY, vowed Guzman would spend "every minute of every day of his life in a prison here in the United States".

A jury convicted Guzman in February of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana and engaging in multiple murder conspiracies as the chieftain of the Sinaloa Cartel. The Mexican government says he blew his cover through a series of slipups, including an attempt to make a movie about his life.

The evidence at an 11-week trial showed that Guzman's Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in recent court papers.

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