Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is prone to die in jail after being sentenced to life plus 30 years for smuggling medication into the US over a violent, decades-long profession.
Jurors discovered the 62-year-old responsible of drug trafficking, cash laundering and the usage of firearms in February after an 11-week trial.
Chatting with the courtroom earlier than his sentencing, he stated his solitary confinement within the US had been “psychological, emotional, psychological torture 24 hours a day”.
He additionally stated he had been denied a good trial and that jurors had been influenced by media experiences of the case.
Choose Brian Cogan sentenced him to life plus 30 years, the obligatory sentence, on the listening to in Brooklyn, New York.
Through the trial, prosecutors gave a unprecedented glimpse into the brutal and profitable world of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and the way El Chapo grew to become its mastermind, trafficking 1000’s of kilos of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.
“The overwhelming proof at trial confirmed that the defendant was a ruthless and bloodthirsty chief,” legal professionals stated.
“A life sentence is simply punishment for this defendant.”
Prosecutors stated his “military of sicarios” was beneath orders to kidnap, torture and homicide anybody who tried to cease him.
El Chapo’s legal professionals spent simply 30 minutes presenting their consumer’s defence, and argued that he was merely a scapegoat performing on another person’s orders.
Guzman refused to testify at his trial and the jury convicted him on all 10 counts after listening to testimonies from greater than 50 witnesses.
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Earlier than his recapture in 2016, Guzman had twice escaped from high-security prisons in Mexico.
Essentially the most elaborate was in July 2015 when he fled by a one-mile tunnel, geared up with a bike on rails, that was dug to the bathe in his cell.
The federal government stated he ultimately blew his cowl by various slip-ups, together with attempting to make a film about his life – even assembly Hollywood actor Sean Penn for an interview whereas he was on the run.
He was lastly extradited to the US in 2017.
Guzman is now prone to be locked up in a “supermax” jail within the state of Colorado – referred to as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” – the place inmates’ view of the world is thru a four-inch cell window.
His legal professionals have stated they intend to enchantment towards the responsible verdict.
El Chapo’s spouse, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was mobbed by reporters as she arrived at courtroom for the sentencing.
In what might be his final public remarks, he additionally used his speech to thank his household for giving him “the power to reveal this torture that I’ve been beneath for the previous 30 months”.