El Chapo Was Sentenced To Life In Prison Today
Joaquin Guzman better known as El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison today. He also received the order by the court to pay $12.6 billion in a forfeit.
He became renowned internationally for being the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. His nickname was given to him due to his shorter height, 5 foot 7.
Guzman was found guilty this Wednesday of ten federal charges some being murder conspiracies, the running of a criminal enterprise and many other diverse drug-related charges. El Chapo was able to speak in the courtroom about his incarceration before being sentenced.
He described it as ”physical, emotional and mental torture” and adding that it was ”the most inhuman situation I have lived in my entire life”.
The prosecutors said this decision would put a permanent stop to Guzman’s action and him pouring ”poison over our borders”. On the other hand, his defense argued that he was denied his request for a hearing to investigate possible juror misconduct which was ”not justice”.
What is next for El Chapo? He is supposed to be sent to the Supermax federal facility in Colorado where we will spend life in prison. In this facility, Boston bomber and Unabomber are also serving their sentence.
El Chapo was Sentenced to spend his life in Prison
When Guzman entered the court, he immediately asked for his wife with a smile on his face. When he was pointed towards her, he blew kisses at heart and touched his heart twice while looking at her.
His wife was seated in her usual place, the second row on the right side. She returned the kiss to him.
It was an emotional moment for El Chapo when he spoke his voice trembled. ”First of all, I want to thank my wife and my children for their unconditional love and support during this long proceeding”.
As he was speaking, Emma Coronel Aispuro was leaning forward and bending her head.
When the sentence fell and Guzman was escorted out of the room, he blew two kisses perhaps one final time to his wife. His defense attorney, William Purpura, was asked if he will be able to see his wife again.
His response was: ”That’s a good question. The way things stand right now, unfortunately, yes.”
Defense attorney to Protest for a fair process
Once outside the courtroom, his second defense attorney continued to protest of the fact that his client was not given the right to a fair and justice process.
He said Guzman respected the American justice system and that he behaved like a gentleman throughout the process.
He kept telling his lawyers: ”All I want is a fair trial. You tell me that I can get justice here, I just want a fair trial”. His lawyers strongly disagree with the fact that he was not given that right.
Perhaps his renowned figure around the world condemned him from the start from having access to a fair trial. Lichtman called it a show. ”It’s fiction. It’s part of the show trial that we’re here for. They’ve been looking for his assets for how long, decades?”
El Chapo will spend the rest of his life behind bars in supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado. His name will remain but he is a finished man.
His lawyers continued to argue the fact that ”you can bury Joaquin Guzman under tons of steel in Colorado, and make him disappear, but you’re never going to remove the stink from this verdict due to the failure to order a hearing on the misconduct of the jury in this case”.