El Chapo Sentenced to Life Plus 30Years

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El Chapo is sentenced to life behind bars and told to forfeit $12.6 BILLION to the US government at dramatic court hearing where he broke his silence to complain about ‘torturous’ conditions in jail and thanked his glamorous wife for standing by him

  • El Chapo – aka Joaquin Guzman – was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years 
  • He was also ordered to forfeit $12.6 billion in restitution to the US government 
  • Guzman, 62, was convicted in February of a slew of drug trafficking charges
  • He denied them all, claiming he was being framed by the Mexican cartel 
  • On Wednesday, he spoke for the first time throughout the trial to thank his wife and his legal team for their support
  • His wife will not be allowed to visit him behind bars and Wednesday was likely the last time they will ever see each other 
  • María Consuelo Loera Pérez, his mother, was denied a humanitarian visa by the US government so could not attend the hearing 
  • He also complained about the ‘torturous’ conditions in the prison where he has been since January 2017 
  • Guzman will now be sent to a supermax prison to live out his days
  • He famously escaped Mexican prison twice before being extradited to the US

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