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

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka"el Chapo Guzman is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press

Guzman, who was convicted in February 2019 on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case, was sentenced to life behind bars in a us prison, Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017 and his remarks in the courtroom could be the last time the public hears from him. The guilty verdict at an 11-week trial triggered what the government said was a well-justified mandatory sentence of life without parole.

They also want Guzman to turn over R176-billion, based on a conservative estimate of revenues from his cartel's drug sales in the United States.

So far, U.S. authorities have not recovered a dime.

He thanked his family for giving him "the strength to bear this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months".

On Wednesday, Guzman - who famously escaped Mexican prisons in 2001 and again in 2015 - could see his wife Emma Coronel and their two daughters for the last time.

- 1980s - Guzman rises through the ranks of the illegal drug business under the tutelage of Sinaloan kingpin Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, alias "The Boss of Bosses", who pioneered cocaine smuggling routes into the United States.

In 2014, El Chapo boasted that he had either personally killed or had ordered 2,000-3,000 people killed.

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Cogan said he imposed the additional sentence because the "overwhelming evil is so severe".

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Guzman, whose nickname means "Shorty", developed a reputation as a Robin Hood-like figure that made him a folk hero to many in his home state of Sinaloa, where he was born in a poor mountain village.

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government's Supermax prison in Colorado, which is known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies".

Current supermax inmates include convicted "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, British "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The highly-anticipated hearing could be his last chance to speak publicly before spending the rest of his life behind bars at a maximum security USA prison.

He repeatedly lamented the conditions of his detention via his attorneys - notably that his windowless cell is constantly lit.

It prompted Guzman's defense lawyers to seek a retrial, but the judge denied the motion on July 3, saying there were no grounds for a new trial.

But following the sentencing Richard Donoghue, the USA attorney for the Eastern District of NY, vowed Guzman would spend "every minute of every day of his life in a prison here in the United States". Guzman has also been kept under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn courthouse where his case unfolded.

The drug kingpin was famously caught in January 2016 after an intense manhunt by Mexican authorities and USA intelligence officials - the day before Rolling Stone magazine ran a story by actor Sean Penn about the fugitive and his narco empire.

Guzman had no visible reaction at hearing his sentence. "It's a reality, he'll never be able to escape".

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