Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was Wednesday sentenced by a federal decide in Brooklyn to life in prison, marking a humiliating finish for a drug lord extensively mentioned to be infamous for his means to kill, bribe or tunnel his manner out of hassle.
Guzman’s sentencing got here 5 months after his conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case. He was given life in prison with out the potential for parole plus 30 years for his position in main Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. A life sentence was necessary; U.S. prosecutors had requested that three many years be added onto Guzmán’s punishment.
In addition, Guzman’s sentence features a monetary penalty.
“The U.S. government says that conservatively, he’s taken in about $12 billion from the drug trade, and they want it paid back,” as reporter Alexandra Starr instructed Morning Edition.
The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by a military of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was introduced to the U.S. to stand trial after he escaped twice from Mexican prisons.
Guzman, 62, was convicted in February 2019 of prices that appeal to life in prison, proving he was “a ruthless and bloodthirsty leader of the Sinaloa Cartel,” federal prosecutors in Brooklyn mentioned in a court docket submitting.
“The horrific nature and circumstances of the defendant’s offense, his history and characteristics and the fact that the defendant committed some of the most serious crimes under federal law make a life sentence warranted,” prosecutors wrote.
Before his sentencing, Guzman complained in regards to the situations of his confinement and instructed the decide he was denied a good trial. He alleged that the U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan failed to totally examine claims of juror misconduct.
“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman mentioned in court docket via an interpreter. “When I was extradited to the United States, I expected to have a fair trial, but what happened was exactly the opposite.”
Prosecutors mentioned via court docket papers filed that proof confirmed that beneath Guzman’s orders, the Sinaloa cartel was accountable for smuggling mountains of cocaine and different medication into the United States throughout his 25-year reign. They additionally mentioned his “army of sicarios” was beneath orders to kidnap, torture and homicide anybody who acquired in his manner.
Guzman’s legal professionals argued that he was framed by different traffickers who turned authorities witnesses so they may get breaks in their very own instances. They mentioned that Guzman was the autumn man for different kingpins who have been higher at paying off high Mexican politicians and regulation enforcement officers to shield them whereas the U.S. authorities appeared the opposite manner.
The possibilities the U.S. authorities might accumulate on a roughly $12.5 billion forfeiture order are zero, Guzman’s legal professionals added.
Since his extradition in 2017, Guzman has been largely lower off from the skin world.His assertion in the courtroom on Wednesday July 17, 2019, may very well be the final time the general public hears from him. He thanked his household for giving him “the strength to bare this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months.”
According to some consultants, Guzman will seemingly find yourself on the federal authorities’s “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado, referred to as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”
Colorado’s bleak Supermax prison is the place the United States incarcerates the ‘worst of the worst’ criminals.
Most inmates at Supermax are given a tv, however their solely precise view of the skin world is a 4-inch window. They have minimal interplay with different individuals and eat all their meals in their cells.