'El Chapo' Drug Lord Sentenced To Life In US Prison

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years by a judge in NY.

Instead, a defiant Guzman took a parting shot at a judge in federal court in Brooklyn by accusing him of making a mockery of the US justice system in refusing to order a new trial based on unsubstantiated allegations of juror misconduct.

Prior to his sentencing, he complained about the conditions of his confinement and told the judge he was denied a fair trial.

It has not yet been revealed where he will spend the rest of his life but the most likely option is the ADX Florence in Colorado, which is considered America's most secure "Supermax" prison.

Despite Guzman's downfall, the Sinaloa Cartel had the biggest U.S. distribution presence of Mexican cartels as of previous year, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Guzman, 62, berated the U.S. justice system, and a former associate described how he had paid a gang $1 million to try to kill her before U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan imposed the mandatory sentence of life plus 30 years.

A Colombian woman who prosecutors say survived a hit ordered by the kingpin tearfully read a statement in court Wednesday, saying Guzman had caused her psychological damage.

Guzman had no visible reaction at hearing his sentence. He looked at his family after the sentencing and placed his hand on his heart. "It means that never again will Guzman pour poison over our borders, making billions while innocent lives are lost to drug violence and drug addiction." .

The term - life plus 30 years - was a foregone conclusion.

The charges, which also include money laundering and weapons-related offences, carry a mandatory life sentence. Guzman will also be required to forfeit $12.6 billion.

The evidence at an 11-week trial showed that Guzman's Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in recent court papers. They also said his "army of sicarios" was under orders to kidnap, torture and murder anyone who got in his way.

Guzman was convicted in February in an epic drug-trafficking case.

They have already asked Cogan to overturn it, citing a report that jurors disobeyed court rules by reading news reports about the case.

After the sentencing his defense attorney, Jeffrey Litchman, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse and claimed that Guzman was set up by other drug traffickers who had become government witnesses. "We can't have a situation where the jurors are running around lying to a judge about what they were doing". He was extradited to the United States to face trial in January 2017. Wary of his history of escaping from Mexican prisons, U.S. authorities have kept him in solitary confinement at a Manhattan jail and under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn court where his case unfolded.

Joaquin Guzman told a federal judge Wednesday that his case was "stained" by juror misconduct.

During the three-month trial in NY, jurors heard evidence from 56 government witnesses, who described the cartel boss beating, shooting and even burying alive those who got in his way, including informants and rival gang members. He then escaped the Mexican prison in 2001.

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