El Chapo Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

El Chapo is going away for life — and he’s not happy about it.

The Sinaloa cartel boss, born Joaquín Guzmán-Loera, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole Wednesday. In a packed hearing in the same Brooklyn courtroom where he was convicted on a 10-count indictment earlier this year, the kingpin said his trial was unjust, pointing to allegations of juror misconduct reported by VICE News after his conviction.

The hearing was almost certainly Chapo’s final moment in public, and he used it to speak his mind. Referring to the alleged misconduct, Chapo told the judge, speaking in Spanish through a translator: “In response, you decided to do nothing. You didn’t want to question not even one member one of the jury to determine if I received justice.”

Chapo’s epic three-month trial ended February 12 with a unanimous guilty verdict and featured testimony from more than a dozen former high-ranking cartel members, but the 62-year-old drug lord decided not to take the stand in his own defense. His remarks Wednesday were the first time he has spoken at length since a videotaped interview with Rolling Stone in 2016. He appeared in court Wednesday sporting a tidy salt-and-pepper mustache, and he blew kisses to his wife in the courtroom gallery throughout the hearing.

Judge Brian Cogan, who presided over Chapo’s trial, handed down the life sentence — plus 30 years to be served concurrently — which was mandatory under the law due to Chapo’s conviction for leading an organized crime group.

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Bitter Sinaloa residents rue probable life sentence for ‘El Chapo’ | AFP

As Sinaloa’s most notorious son, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, faces sentencing in the United States, residents of the Mexican state are unhappy at the prospect of the notorious drug lord spending his life behind bars.

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El Chapo Has Been Found Guilty. Here’s What Happens Next. (HBO)

After nearly three months of drama and intrigue, the epic trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán ended Tuesday when the jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict on all 10 counts of the Sinaloa cartel leader’s federal indictment.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for six days before convicting the 61-year-old Mexican drug kingpin on a litany of charges related to drug smuggling, murder, money laundering, and weapons possession. He now faces a mandatory sentence of life in U.S. federal prison with no chance for parole.

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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ guilty on all counts: US attorney

“The jury found that Guzman lead the Sinaloa cartel, one of the largest and most dangerous drug cartels in the world, and that he’s responsible for violence including murders and the smuggling of massive amounts of narcotics into the United States over a period of decades” says US attorney Richard Donoghue, after a jury finds ‘El Chapo’ guilty on all counts. SOUNDBITE

US says ‘overwhelming’ evidence against El Chapo

(30 Jan 2019) Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman orchestrated a two-decade campaign to flood the United States with tons of cocaine as a ruthless leader of the Sinaloa cartel, a prosecutor said in closing arguments on Wednesday at Guzman’s U.S. trial. (Jan. 30)

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Watch The Raid That Led To El Chapo’s Capture

Around 4 a.m. on February 17, 2014, DEA agents and Mexican marines launched an operation to capture Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. They had tracked El Chapo to a safe house in the city of Culiacán, and the raid began when the marines started hammering on his front door with a battering ram.

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Migrants board buses to get closer to US-Mexico border

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Buses carrying thousands of Central American migrants drove into the state of Sinaloa along the Gulf of California and further northward into the border state of Sonora on Wednesday in their quest to reach the United States border.

Officials said 2,000 migrants had arrived in that area on board 24 buses.

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Buses, trucks pick up migrants in Mexico to continue journey

Central American migrants board buses and trucks in the central Mexican town of Ixtlan del Rio on their way to Sinaloa as they continue their trek through Mexico in hopes of reaching the US, where military personnel have started installing cement barriers and barbed-wire fencing. IMAGES