See ya, Shorty!
Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will appear in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday, where a judge is expected to sentence him to life behind bars.
Guzman, 62, whose nickname translates to “shorty,” faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison after a jury convicted him of operating a continuing criminal enterprise earlier this year.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman declined to comment when asked if his client would speak at sentencing.
At least one victim — a woman Guzman allegedly tried to have whacked — is expected to address Judge Brian Cogan before he hands down his ruling.
Wife Emma Coronel Aispuro and twin daughters Emaly and Maria Joaquina are also expected to attend.
Prosecutors previously asked the judge to sentence the drug lord to life behind bars plus 30 years, citing the fact that the jury found him guilty of using a machine gun in connection with drug trafficking crimes.
They’ve also indicated they’re looking to seize $12,666,191,704 in assets from the Sinaloa Cartel leader.
Since his 2017 extradition to New York, Guzman has been holed up at in the notorious 10 South wing of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center — which he now shares with alleged child rapist Jeffrey Epstein.
After sentencing, the drug lord’s new home will be determined by the federal Bureau of Prisons, though the known escape artist is likely looking at a cell in Colorado’s ADX Florence, the country’s only supermax prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.
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