Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo 'given life sentence plus 30 years'

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo 'given life sentence plus 30 years'

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who twice escaped maximum-security prisons in that country, will spend the rest of his life in a USA penitentiary, a federal judge said on Wednesday after accusing him of "overwhelming evil".

The judge said that even if the law had allowed him any leeway, he would have imposed the harshest sentence available, adding that any redeeming qualities Guzman might have were erased by his "overwhelming evil" actions.

Guzmán was convicted in February on murder conspiracy and drug charges.

Before his sentencing, Guzman told the judge that his case was stained and he had been denied a fair trial. But shortly after the verdict, one juror spoke to Vice News anonymously and alleged a wide range of possible juror misconduct, ranging from following news reports about the trial, which was expressly forbidden, to lying to Cogan about whether they'd been exposed to certain media reports.

Prosecutors said Guzman was responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and a wave of killings in turf wars with other cartels.

"Today, I come here, I am a miracle of God because Mr. Guzman tried to kill me", Velez said through a translator in court.

El Chapo said during the trial his time in solitary confinement was akin to "mental torture".

On patrol: Armed officers stand outside the court room where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced.

Because of a "Son of Sam" law in New York, Guzmán Loera would not be able to make money off of his crimes or any related tasks, so there is no indication as to who would profit from the company.

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Guzman's attorney, Mariel Colon says that the drug lord is optimistic that he can appeal his sentencing.

His wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, would the one to manage the company. Guzman has also been kept under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn courthouse where his case unfolded.

Guzman faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole following his February conviction.

FILE - In this January 19, 2017, file photo provided by USA law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Guzman, who was convicted in February 2019 on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case, was sentenced to life behind bars in a US prison, Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

That lockup houses some of the most notorious criminals ever to set foot in an American courtroom.

"El Chapo" ("Shorty") was the co-leader of the still-powerful Sinaloa organization.

The drug lord had reportedly owned four planes, a yacht he called "Chapito", multiple beach houses - including a $10 million property in Acapulco - and even his own zoo, The New York Post reported a year ago.

The highly-anticipated hearing could be his last chance to speak publicly before spending the rest of his life behind bars at a maximum security US prison.

According to court papers, the Mexico native was estimated to have handled more than $11 billion worth of cocaine, more than $11 million worth of heroin and $846 million worth of marijuana as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, The New York Times reported earlier this month.

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