Jury reaches verdict in El Chapo trial

Leroy Wright
February 13, 2019

After being escorted off the plane at MacArthur Airport on Long Island in shackles, Guzman, 61, then sat in a chair in a hangar surrounded by USA federal agents looking stunned and scared for his life - and appeared to wipe a tear from his eyes.

The tension at times was cut by some of the trial's sideshows, such as the sight of Guzman and his wife showing up in matching burgundy velvet blazers in a gesture of solidarity.

U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue called the conviction "a victory for the American people who suffered so much" while the defendant poured poison over the borders.

In one of the trial's final days, Guzman told the judge he would not testify in his own defense.

It's been roughly three months since El Chapo's trial began.

After three months of testimony, jurors have reached a guilty verdict on all 10 counts. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign.

In this courtroom drawing from February 7, Joaquin Guzman listens to Judge Brian Cogan addressing the jury.

But the Mexican government says he blew his cover through a series of slip ups, including an attempt to make a movie about his life.

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 US prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once the most powerful drug lord in the world, was convicted in New York City on all counts on February 11.

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

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.

The US government said Guzman trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over more than two decades, consolidating his power in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.

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

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 US prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.

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

In a statement after the verdict, lawyers for El Chapo said they were "obviously disappointed" but respectful of the jury's decision. Many described Guzman's willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 181 metric tons of cocaine into the U.S. over two decades. Fourteen of those witnesses - mostly admitted drug traffickers and cartel associates - were cooperating with prosecutors in hopes of reducing their own prison sentences.

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