Source - Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a federal judge in Brooklyn decided Wednesday.
Guzman, 62, was convicted in February of charges that mandate life in prison, proving he was “a ruthless and bloodthirsty leader of the Sinaloa Cartel,” federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said in a court filing.
“The horrific nature and circumstances of the defendant’s offense, his history and characteristics and the fact that the defendant committed some of the most serious crimes under federal law make a life sentence warranted,” prosecutors wrote.
In addition to the life term, the judge ordered a $12.6 billion forfeiture, which prosecutors said was a conservative estimate of the proceeds of El Chapo’s drug trafficking.
“The book on El Chapo Guzman is closed today with this life sentence,” said Angel Melendez, special agent in charge of the New York office of Homeland Security Investigations.
El Chapo’s lawyers right now…
Talk about a major blow to both drug traffickers and people who love prison breaks aka me. El Chapo will be doing neither of those from here on out. For those of you who don’t know who Chapo is, he’s been covered extensively on the blog for years.
So in a sense, it’s the end of an era even though Guzman thinks it’s not over.
“My case was stained,” Guzman told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced. “You denied me a fair trial.”
The complaint derived from a VICE report that jurors consumed media about the trial despite the judge’s instructions. Dressed in a gray suit and dark tie, Guzman said he endured “total torture” in jail from the lack of fresh air, clean water and sunlight. He also complained about a noisy air duct.“In order to sleep I have to use plugs in my ears made of toilet paper,” Guzman said.
“It was an inevitable sentence,” defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said outside court, alleging up to five jurors broke the law by reading about the trial. He promised to appeal.
I hope he got the ball rolling on witness protection. Poor guy is a dead man walking. Will El Chapo escape from a US prison? I don’t know, but I hope he tries. Although it’s going to be tough when he’s shakled up tighter than Garland Greene. The next time we read about him will be during his funeral. RIP El Chapo, my sweet prince.