NEW YORK (PM) — Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, was condemned on Wednesday to life in prison, concluding one of modern history’s most unmerciful and disreputable criminal careers.
The life sentence, mandated by law as a consequence of the austerity of Mr. Guzmán’s crimes, was handed down in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, where the kingpin was convicted last winter of drug, murder and money laundering charges after a sprawling three-month trial.
As some of the federal agents who had pursued him for years looked on from the gallery, Judge Brian M. Cogan declared the life term and Mr. Guzmán, 62, was pulled away to prepare himself — pending an appeal — for filling the rest of his life behind bars.
Judge Cogan said the “overwhelming evil” of Mr. Guzmán’s crimes were apparent. Besides giving him a life sentence plus 30 years, he directed the drug lord to pay $12.6 billion in compensation.
Mr. Guzmán most unquestionably will be sent to the country’s most dangerous federal prison, the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, or ADX, in Florence, Colo.
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