Mexican Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Is Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years In U.S. Prison
Joaquin Guzmán, also known as “El Chapo,” was sentenced Wednesday to a life term in prison plus 30 years. After the sentencing in a Brooklyn courthouse, U.S. attorneys and other officials greeted the media, including Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
Updated at 12 p.m. ET
A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has sentenced drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 30 years for his role in leading Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. A life sentence was mandatory; U.S. prosecutors had asked that three decades be added onto Guzmán’s punishment.
One of the only suspenseful questions that remained Wednesday was whether Guzmán, who did not speak during his long trial, would speak in court in what’s expected to be his last public appearance before heading to the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.
Addressing the court in Spanish through an English interpreter, Guzmán complained of the conditions under which he has been held, calling it “the most inhumane situation” he ever experienced, according to CNN.
“In order to sleep I have to use plugs made out of toilet paper in my ears,” Guzmán said, according to Molly Crane-Newman, a reporter for the New York Daily News. He added, “It’s been a lack of respect for human dignity.”