"El Chapo" sentenced to life in prison without parole

"El Chapo" sentenced to life in prison without parole

NEW YORK (AP)

10:40 a.m.

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman waved to his family and placed his hand over his heart after being sentenced to life in prison.

Joaquin Guzman thanked his family Wednesday for their support throughout his months-long trial.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said their prayers gave him the strength to "bear this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months."

Guzman also complained about the conditions of his confinement and said he was denied a fair trial.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan defended his decision not to grant Guzman a new trial amid claims of juror misconduct in the case.

Guzman was found guilty in February of leading a murderous drug conspiracy. He was ordered to pay $12.6 billion in ill-gotten drug proceeds.

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10:10 a.m.

The notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison.

A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday.

Guzman was convicted in February in an epic drug-trafficking case.

The 62-year-old drug lord was brought to the U.S. to stand trial after he twice broke out of Mexican prisons.

The guilty verdict triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Guzman told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced Wednesday that he was denied a fair trial.

He said Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct in the case.

Under Guzman's leadership, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for multiple murders and smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States.

Guzman's lawyers said he was framed.

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