Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Clay Curtis
July 19, 2019

He also said Guzman deserved the harshest sentence possible because any potentially redeeming qualities were overshadowed by "overwhelming evil".

According to the officials he was the head of the Sinaloa cartel who are the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

Since his 2017 extradition from Mexico, Guzman had repeatedly lamented the conditions of his solitary confinement at a Manhattan high-security prison, notably that his windowless cell was constantly lit.

The 62 year old Guzman's sentencing comes after his conviction in February of this year after being found guilty in all 10 counts against him.

Senator Ted Cruz introduced the EL CHAPO Act which would reserve any amounts forfeited to the United States Government by El Chapo (Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera) for security measures along the Southern border, including the completion of a border wall.

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Andrea Velez, a former associate of Guzman, said on July 17 that Guzman had paid the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang $1 million to have her killed, and that she had escaped with the help of US authorities.

Guzman thanked his family for giving him "the strength to bare this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months". He has previously managed to escape prison twice in Mexico. Most inmates at Supermax are given a television, but their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window.

On Wednesday, the judge heard from one of Guzman's alleged victims, Andrea Velez Fernandez, who once worked for him until she made his enemy list.

But evidence at Guzman's trial suggested his decision to stay quiet at the defense table was against his nature: Cooperating witnesses told jurors he was a fan of his own rags-to-riches narco story, always eager to find an author or screenwriter to tell it.

'There was no justice here, ' Guzman declared in Spanish, expressing no regret as he delivered what were likely his final public words before he is taken to a supermax federal prison to live out his days. In 2015 he used a tunnel to escape the Mexican jail. His defence attorney called the government's plan to recover $12.6 billion in forfeiture a "fiction".

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