Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday after his high-profile trial that lasted close to three months.
According to Fox News, The jury of 12 people announced their decision at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on the sixth day of deliberations, affirming Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and conspired to commit murder. He is guaranteed life in prison.
Guzman, 61, was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 after Mexican authorities captured him a year prior during raids in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison.
Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement for the last two years, pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges, thus beginning his long-waited criminal trial in November. – Read More
Prosecutors amassed evidence of Mr. Guzmán’s criminal activities from as early as the 1980s, presenting jurors with videos, photos, drug ledgers and even Mr. Guzmán’s own phone calls and text messages that were captured on government wiretaps, as noted by The Wall Street Journal.
Lead prosecutors spent 11 weeks calling witnesses, while the defense took 30 minutes and brought just one witness to the stand. Final arguments were given to the jury by the prosecution and the defense in January.
Guzman faced a guaranteed life imprisonment, for all 10 convictions