ElChapo Sentenced to Life in a US Prison

Mexican drug lord “Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán” was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison Wednesday, bringing an end to a decades-long criminal career at the top of the narcotics trade.

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The sentence, handed down by a federal judge in Brooklyn, comes without the possibility of parole. Guzmán was found guilty in February of charges including narcotics trafficking, using a firearm in furtherance of his drug crimes and participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.

The 62-year-old kingpin, who was brought to the U.S. to stand trial after twice breaking out of Mexican maximum security prisons, claims he was framed by lying witnesses and jurors and denied a fair trial, with his attorney calling the proceedings Wednesday a “show trial”. The trial exposed Guzmán’s heading of a vast communications, money laundering and logistical network over a drug route from South America to American cities.

Prosecutors worked to make the case that Guzmán was played a chief role in building the Sinaloa cartel into a narcotics empire that smuggled cocaine from Colombia, through Mexico, into the United States, saying the criminal enterprise generated billions of dollars in illicit profit over the last 25 years.

Guzmán’s defense lawyers told reporters after the trial they intend to appeal the decision, citing their claims of a faulty hearing and what they say were poor conditions in which Guzmán was held.

His attorneys added that they suspect he will head to a super-maximum security prison.

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