The Latest: Prosecutor expects life sentence for El Chapo

The Latest: Prosecutor expects life sentence for El Chapo Photo: AP

February 12, 2019 12:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the verdict for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's U.S. trial (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

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U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue says the conviction of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is "a day of reckoning," and there's more to come.

Donoghue says Tuesday outside a federal courthouse in Brooklyn he expects Guzman to get a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He calls it "a sentence from which there is no escape and no return."

A defense lawyer says Guzman's conviction is "devastating." But Jeffrey Lichtman adds he can "proudly say" the defense "left it all on the battlefield."

Jurors convicted Guzman on all 10 counts in an international drug distribution trial that lasted more than three months.

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1 p.m.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced as the judge read the guilty verdict.

Guzman leaned back in his chair Tuesday to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs-up, when the jury was discharged from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

A defense lawyer says Guzman's conviction is "devastating."

But Jeffrey Lichtman added he can "proudly say" the defense "left it all on the battlefield."

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan lauded the jury's meticulous attention to detail. Cogan says it made him "very proud to be an American."

The verdict reached on the sixth day of jury deliberations could put 61-year-old Guzman behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.

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12:45 p.m.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been found guilty on all counts in an international drug distribution trial in New York.

Jurors convicted him on all 10 counts that are likely to put him behind bars for the rest of his life. He is set to be sentenced on June 25.

The 61-year-old Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.

Federal prosecutors put on more than 50 witnesses over three months detailing how Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S.

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12:30 p.m.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in New York.

The verdict reached on the sixth day of jury deliberations could put the 61-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.

Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.

Federal prosecutors put on more than 50 witnesses over three months detailing how Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S.

Witnesses detailed assassinations and political payoffs, and how drugs were smuggled using tanker trucks, rail cars and even shipments of canned peppers.

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12:20 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say a jury has reached a verdict in the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The verdict came on the sixth day of the jury's deliberations.

The trial testimony lasted nearly three months and the jurors have been tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

Federal prosecutors say Guzman's Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the U.S.

The defense has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

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10:10 a.m.

Jurors at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations.

They returned Tuesday to grapple with the complicated case at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The trial testimony lasted nearly three months and the jurors have been tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons (181 metric tons) of cocaine into the U.S. over two decades.

The defense has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

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