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US NewsEl Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter

02:20  17 july  2019
02:20  17 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison

Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison The 62-year-old was taken to the US to stand trial after he twice broke out of Mexican prisons. The guilty verdict triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Guzman told US District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced that he was denied a fair trial. He said Judge Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct. Under Guzman’s leadership, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for multiple murders and smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the US. Guzman’s lawyers said he was framed.

[Update: El Chapo was sentenced on Wednesday to life in a United States prison, ending one of history’s most notorious criminal careers .] But in early July, Judge Brian M. Cogan foreclosed that possibility, denying the new trial motion and moving things forward toward the sentencing .

El Chapo has pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment accusing him of running an international Throughout the proceedings, El Chapo paid some attention to the potential jurors, occasionally Another woman said she had watched the series Narcos — which in its first three seasons stays.

El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter © Tomas Bravo/Reuters Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City on Jan. 8, 2016.

When Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, walks into court on Wednesday and is sentenced, by law, to life in prison, it will likely close the book on a criminal career unparalleled in its scope and celebrity since Al Capone’s.

But as with everything in the Guzmán case, getting to the end was not an easy matter. And an epilogue or two (or three or four) may still need to be written.

Mr. Guzmán, 62, was convicted this winter after a three-month trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn that often veered, in head-snapping fashion, between solemnity and absurdity.

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman provided a rare and terrifying look into the workings of one of the world's largest cartels. Over the space of nearly three months, a New York jury heard 56 government witnesses deliver dramatic evidence against Guzman. According to the witnesses, the Sinaloa cartel, of which Guzman was a co-leader, flooded the United States with cocaine with the blessing of countless police, military officers and Mexican officials -- going all the way up to the president -- who turned their heads in exchange for bribes worth millions.

But on Wednesday morning, the 30-year criminal career of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known to the world as El Chapo , reached its final chapter as a federal judge in New York City sentenced him to life in prison.

Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman spoke before he was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in In court, El Chapo spotted Coronel, blew her a kiss, and tapped his hand on his heart twice while Lichtman, the defense attorney, called the criminal case a "show trial" and said that jurors had lied to

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El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter © Thomson Reuters Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is shown shortly after extradition, in New York, U.S., January 19, 2017, in this photo released February 12, 2019. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Prosecutors leveled some of the most serious charges possible against him, presenting evidence that he sent hundreds of tons of drugs to the United States from Mexico and caused the brutal deaths of dozens of people to protect himself and his smuggling routes.

The case revealed in exacting detail the inner workings of the Sinaloa drug cartel — such as how it employed I.T. consultants and how it packaged its cocaine in waterproof rubber “condoms.”

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Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years Wednesday. The court also ordered Guzman to pay .6 billion in forfeit. Brian A. Benczkowski, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, called Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman's sentencing " a

Congolese Warlord Sentenced to 30 Years for War Crimes . US briefing: Impeachment goes public, Mexico massacre and Roger Stone. The Mexican drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, is to be sentenced on Wednesday and may speak in court. It ’ s his first appearance since he was convicted in

But given the defendant’s fame and notoriety, the trial was also a boisterous legal circus, complete with a horde of international reporters, a steady trickle of curious “narco-tourists” and a cameo appearance by an actor who plays the drug lord on a Netflix show.

At one point, there was even a bizarre marital stunt in which Mr. Guzmán and his third wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, showed up in the courtroom wearing matching velvet smoking jackets.

Even after the guilty verdict was issued on Feb. 12, the case did not let up. Two days later, federal prosecutors in Washington unsealed an indictment against two of Mr. Guzmán’s sons, Joaquín and Ovidio Guzmán López. A few days after that, one of the anonymous jurors in El Chapo’s case told a reporter for Vice Media that several of the panelists had disobeyed repeated orders by the judge not to follow media coverage of the trial.

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‘El Chapo’ is contained. The drug war is not.

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The new home of Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman will likely be the " Supermax ” Administrative Maximum Facility in Colorado, from which no one has ever escaped. The narcotics kingpin famously escaped from two maximum-security prisons in Mexico, by bribing guards to hide him in a laundry basket and.

Joaquín “ El Chapo ” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States over three decades, was sentenced by a US judge on Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison. US district Judge Brian Cogan imposed

El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter
The Vice article prompted Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers to submit a motion requesting a new trial. And for a period of weeks, it suddenly seemed possible that the jurors might be hauled back into court and the protracted case forced to continue with a hearing to determine if they had in fact committed misconduct.

But in early July, Judge Brian M. Cogan foreclosed that possibility, denying the new trial motion and moving things forward toward the sentencing.

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world

Some of the witnesses who testified against Mr. Guzmán have themselves recently been sentenced. At the end of June, a federal judge in Texas gave a nine-year prison term to Edgar Galvan, a divorced man from El Paso who wound up running guns for one of Mr. Guzmán’s most feared assassins after meeting him one evening at a nightclub across the border in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. And in late May, Vicente Zambada Niebla — the son of Mr. Guzmán’s partner and the cartel’s heir apparent — was sentenced in Chicago to 14 years in prison.

Around the same time, the assassin who befriended Mr. Galvan, Antonio Marrufo (or “the Jaguar,” as he called himself) was extradited from Mexico to Texas to face federal charges, including his alleged involvement in a brazen plot to kidnap a groom on his wedding day and kill him — and his best man — in Ciudad Juárez.

El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter © Thomson Reuters Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo", exits the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse during the trial of Guzman in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

But it remains unclear for now where Mr. Marrufo’s prosecution might be headed given that more than a dozen sealed documents have been posted on his docket in the two months following his extradition.

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A similar level of secrecy was applied to Mr. Guzmán’s case though prosecutors in Brooklyn have started to unseal some of the filings. According to a document released two weeks ago, the kingpin, during one of his many wars against his rivals, hired a doctor to revive a man he had been torturing. After the victim regained consciousness, Mr. Guzmán and his crew kept working on the man, the document said, applying electrodes to his ear and yanking some of his teeth out.

Another document from early July revealed that the government had come up with a “conservative” estimate of Mr. Guzmán’s total career earnings: $12,666,181,704. They said they wanted him to pay it back.

Across the country, other cases related to Mr. Guzmán are slowly moving forward. Jesus Beltran Leon, a close associate of the kingpin’s sons, pleaded guilty to drug charges in April and will soon be sentenced in Chicago.

One of Mr. Guzmán’s top security chiefs, José Rodrigo Aréchiga, known as “Chino Ántrax,” and one of the kingpin’s Colombian suppliers, Javier Calle Serna, are scheduled to be sentenced in California and Brooklyn later this year.

El Chapo Sentencing: An Epic Criminal Career Nears Its Final Chapter © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Newly unsealed documents in the U.S. case against the Mexican drug lord say that witnesses have described him having sex with minors. According to papers unsealed Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, one witness told authorities that Joaquin Guzman had him drug girls as young as 13 before Guzman had sex with them in the late 2000s in Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File) In June, Mykhaylo Koretskyy, a Ukrainian man known as “Russian Mike,” was extradited to Manhattan from Curaçao and may eventually stand trial in a case that will explore the drug lord’s business interests in Canada.

In another case in Manhattan, Fredy Renán Nájera Montoya, a former Honduran congressman, is being prosecuted on charges that he worked with the Sinaloa cartel to ship cocaine to Mexico from Honduras and murdered an army general and paid off the country’s former president.

Mr. Guzmán’s sentencing on Wednesday will not be marked by much suspense: Because of the severity of his crimes, he faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison. It’s probable that Mr. Guzmán will be sent to the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colo., more commonly known as the ADX.

But there may be a fair share of drama on Wednesday.

According the government, at least one of his many victims plans to address the court. (The identity of the victim has not yet been revealed.) Mr. Guzmán himself may also speak at the hearing in what could amount to the most expansive courtroom comments he has ever made.

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