Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tonnes of drugs into the United States, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison on Wednesday.
US District Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence of life plus 30 years, which was mandatory under the law, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn.
Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case. The guilty verdict in an 11-week trial triggered what the government said was a well-justified mandatory sentence of life without parole.
Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.
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