El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years in US prison

El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years in US prison
© Bill Hennessy, REUTERS

A US judge sentenced Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to three years in prison Tuesday on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

The sentence was less than the relatively light four years requested by prosecutors, with the judge acknowledging that Coronel was only a teenager when she married the ruthless drug czar and she readily pleaded guilty after her February 2021 arrest.

With long hair and dressed in a dark suit and white turtle neck shirt Coronel, a 32-year-old former beauty queen, apologised to the court.

“I express my true regrets for any and all harm that I may have done,” she said in Spanish before the sentence was announced.

“I am suffering as a result of the pain that I caused my family.”

She asked the judge to make it possible that she be allowed to raise her twin nine-year-old daughters.

“They are already growing up without the presence of one of their parents,” she said.

“I beg you to please not allow them to grow up without the presence of their mother.”

‘Minimal’ role in cartel 

The judge said she would also pay $1.5 million in a restitution deal agreed before the hearing, and that she would be given credit for nine months already spent behind bars since her arrest.

Prosecutors and her defense lawyers alike described Coronel as not involved in the core business of Guzman‘s Sinaloa Cartel, which shipped hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs into the United States, according to the US Justice Department.

“The defendant’s actual role was a minimal one,” said prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi.

“The defendant was not a leader, organizer, boss or other type of manager. Rather she was a cog in a very large wheel of a criminal organization,” he told the court.

But the prosecution also noted that Coronel had a key role in helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

Nevertheless, Nardozzi said, “the defendant opted to take responsibility for her actions” immediately after her arrest.

Pronouncing her sentence, Judge Rudolph Contreras wished Coronel good luck.

“I hope that you raise your twins in a different environment than you’ve experienced to date” he told her.

Blowing kisses to husband 

Thirty-two years her husband’s junior, Coronel met him in her mid-teens and they married when she turned 18.

Coronel became the object of intense fascination when she regularly joined the audience at his trial in New York after he was extradited from Mexico in 2017.

Tall, with long dark hair, tight-fitting clothes and lots of make-up, Coronel would smile at Guzman and blow him kisses as she attended the trial almost every day for three months, sometimes bringing their daughters so they could see their father.

Guzman was sentenced in July 2019 to life in prison.

Despite her closeness to one of the world’s most notorious drug traffickers, she was able to move in and out of the United States freely until she was arrested on arrival at Dulles International Airport outside Washington in February 2021.

Months later she pleaded guilty to all three trafficking and laundering counts against her.

Outside the courthouse Tuesday, Coronel’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman pushed back at reports that she had cooperated with government investigators probing the drug business, reports that he said had left her in danger of retribution.

Because she had no criminal record and readily admitted guilt, skipping a trial, Lichtman said, the Justice Department’s sentencing guidelines stipulated a relatively short prison term.

“The guidelines were so low there was no need to cooperate,” he said.

“She will be out of jail in 18 months,” he predicted.

(AFP)

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Sangweni set for PSL return? Former Orlando Pirates star spotted!

© Provided by The South African He played for the likes of Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu, a true PSL veteran looks set to return to the DStv Premiership. ... Read more »

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘asks for Real Madrid return', Palhinha targeted, Van de Beek to Palace

ANTHONY MARTIAL has joined Sevilla on loan. And according to some reports, Cristiano Ronaldo would like to join him in Spain. One Portuguese star United are targeting is Joao Palhinha, ... Read more »

Who is Luis Diaz? The £46m Porto star linked with Tottenham transfer

Antonio Conte is still looking to conclude his first piece of major transfer business as Tottenham head coach this month, with less than one week left in the transfer window. ... Read more »

What is the latest with John Swift's situation at Reading FC amid previous Leeds United transfer chatter?

© Provided by Football League World Reading’s John Swift celebrates at the end of the match after reaching the Play Off final The future of Reading FC midfielder John Swift ... Read more »

PRN Johor: Tiada perbincangan angkat Maszlee calon MB Pakatan Harapan

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Timbalan Ketua PKR Johor, Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, berkata PH Johor ada beberapa tokoh yang layak dicalonkan sebagai Menteri Besar dan Maszlee Malik patut ... Read more »

Crystal Palace's winter break to-do list: Three key issues Patrick Vieira must resolve

Crystal Palace head into the Premier League’s winter break ruing a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in which they were undone by a combination of their own initial timidity and two ... Read more »

Rafael Nadal news: Spaniard focusing on his own game instead of Grand Slam record

© PA Images Rafael Nadal post-match interview Rafael Nadal has revealed he is unperturbed about breaking the Grand Slam record, saying he is more focusing on his own game.  The ... Read more »

Chelsea braced for club-record bid for rising talent as Tuchel faces reality check

Southampton are preparing to make a club-record bid for on-loan Chelsea forward Armando Broja, according to a report. The Blues have produced a number of exciting academy talents in recent ... Read more »

The story of Victor Vazquez, the Barcelona U15 star who was said to be better than Messi

Lionel Messi is without a doubt Barcelona‘s greatest ever player. The little Argentine genius rewrote the record books during his time in the club’s first-team, winning trophies galore and scoring ... Read more »

Cathie Wood's Ark Invest says the price of a single bitcoin could top $1 million in just another 8 years

© David Swanson/Reuters Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO of investment firm Ark Invest. David Swanson/Reuters Bitcoin could top $1 million per coin by 2030, according to Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest. ... Read more »

Germany to host G7 finance meeting May 18-20, Finance Minister tells paper

© Reuters/MORRIS MAC MATZEN Leader of Germany’s Free Democrats Christian Lindner campaigns in Hamburg BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will host the main finance meeting of its presidency of the Group ... Read more »

Alan Myers drops huge 6-word update on Everton manager hunt, fans surely delighted - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Everton, EFC, Lampard, Toffees, Goodison Park, EFC Everton have been interviewing candidates to replace recently sacked Rafa Benitez at Everton over the last week, with ... Read more »

Katie Price fuels pregnancy rumours as she promises ‘huge announcement' today ahead of Mucky Mansion TV show

KATIE Price has fuelled pregnancy rumours as she promised a “huge announcement” today ahead of her Mucky Mansion TV show tonight. It comes as fans are currently convinced that Katie ... Read more »

Celebs Go Dating shock as Chloe Brockett goes on surprise date with hero Sir Captain Tom Moore's grandson

CELEBS Go Dating fans were left stunned when Chloe Brockett's date revealed himself to be Sir Captain Tom Moore's grandson. During the latest instalment of the E4 series, the Towie star ... Read more »

Russian, Ukrainian advisers to meet over tensions: Live news

© Provided by Al Jazeera Russia has repeatedly denied it has any plans to make an incursion into neighbouring Ukraine, but Kyiv and its Western allies fear otherwise [Anatolii Stepanov/AFP] ... Read more »

Omicron variant less severe than other COVID pandemic waves, CDC says: Live updates

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Tuesday found that although the omicron variant has shattered COVID-19 case and hospitalization records, other factors have shown it’s still ... Read more »

Why are Americans confused about COVID? Blame it on poor communication.

CDC chief Rochelle Walensky seeks professional coaching, but public needs more than out image. Not hyping threats or demonizing skeptics is a start. Read more »

Saudi Arabia restores ties with Thailand after gem theft dispute

© Provided by Al Jazeera Saudi Arabia had long accused Thai police of bungling their investigation into the jewel theft, with allegations that the stolen gems were snapped up by ... Read more »

‘I don't see why' – Arsenal warned against ‘ridiculous' decision unless one condition is met

It would be “ridiculous” for Arsenal to extend the contract of manager Mikel Arteta now, according to one pundit who has advised them on a condition they must set. Arteta ... Read more »

Railway Recruitment 2022: Bumper vacancies announced at rrccr.com, check eligibility and other details

© Provided by Zee News Railway Recruitment 2022: The Railway Recruitment Cell, Central Railway (RRC/CR) has announced bumper vacancies and has sought applications from eligible candidates for engagement of Act Apprentices. ... Read more »

Sky looking for people to take part in TV show The Great Debate

Image: We want to feature your opinions on Sky's new weekly discussion show Sky is looking for people to take part in a new series of weekly discussion programme, The ... Read more »

Downing Street parties: Which No 10 staff could lose their jobs as a result of Sue Gray's partygate report?

Even if Sue Gray holds back from naming specific members of Downing Street staff, her findings could raise questions about how Number 10 is run. A number of Conservative MPs have said a shake-up of the team around Boris Johnson is required. Read more »

Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin MAJOR TWIST: Ayesha Singh aka Sai gets pregnant, flaunts baby bump; SHOCKED fans say 'Aiilaaaaaa ye kya hua'

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin is currently witnessing major drama. Sai played by Ayesha Singh has decided to divorce Virat played by Neil Bhatt. This is ... Read more »

Runaway wallaby finally caught ‘happy and unfazed' after three weeks and returned home

(Representative) An escaped wallaby in Lincolnshire has been captured after three weeks (Pixabay) A wallaby that had escaped from a Lincolnshire farm has been captured after three weeks. The Bennett’s ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15: Did Rakhi Sawant get EVICTED ahead of the grand finale? Here's the complete truth – watch video

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com The reality show Bigg Boss season 15 has got its top seven contestants including Shamita Shetty, Tejasswi Prakash, Karan Kundrra, Pratik Sehajpal, Rashami Desai, Nishant Bhat, ... Read more »

Rang De Basanti: Lata Mangeshkar did something UNBELIEVABLE while recording for the song Luka Chuppi

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com The song Luka Chuppi from Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti gets tears in our eyes whenever we listen to it. The track was composed by ... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Deepika Padukone opens up on her and Ranveer Singh's 'disconnecting' process after Padmaavat

© Provided by Pinkvilla Actress Deepika Padukone is currently neckdeep in promotions of Gehraiyaan. Amid this, Pinkvilla got a chance to speak exclusively to the actress about how Ranveer Singh ... Read more »

Ram Charan unfurls national flag at Chiranjeevi Trust office on R-Day

© IANS Ram Charan R-Day Hyderabad, Jan 26 (IANS) On the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day, Telugu megastar Ram Charan unfurled the national flag here on Wednesday. The ‘Chirutha’ ... Read more »

Emmi steigert dank florierenden Auslandsgeschäften den Umsatz 2021

© KEYSTONE/ALEXANDRA WEY Die Innerschweizer Milchverarbeiterin Emmi ist im vergangenen Jahr erneut gewachsen. In der Schweiz schrumpfte Emmi zwar nach dem starken Vorjahr, doch das wachsende Auslandgeschäft hat dies mehr ... Read more »

Energie: Fachverband präsentiert Forderungen für Ausbau der Photovoltaik

Solarenergie soll zur tragenden Säule der Schweizer Energieversorgung werden. Gemäss dem Fachverband Swissolar soll Photovoltaik 2050 45 Terawattstunden Strom liefern, also 15 Mal mehr als heute. Um dieses Ziel zu ... Read more »

Kartik Aaryan is professional, Shehzada makers back actor after Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo producer's allegations

The Hindi version of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo was supposed to release in theatres on January 26. Producer Manish Shah, who has the rights to the film’s Hindi-dubbed version, recently ... Read more »

Ministerin dämpft Hoffnung auf Details zu Johnsons Partygate

Bereits vor der Vorstellung eines Berichts wegen mehrerer Partys in der Downing Street zeichnet sich ein Streit um dessen Veröffentlichung ab. Am Mittag wird der Premier ausserdem dazu im Parlament ... Read more »

Spain holiday warning as unvaxxed kids banned from country

FAMILIES planning a half term getaway to Spain face holiday problems as kids will have to be fully vaccinated to enter. Currently, Spain is letting in anyone who has had ... Read more »

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik 'getting along fine' as co-parents to Khai after split

© Provided by Pinkvilla Supermodel Gigi Hadid and former One Direction star Zayn Malik are reportedly “getting along just fine” as they’re trying to work things out as co-parents. A ... Read more »

Patrick Shai's friend recalls last conversation when he said trolls were ‘breaking' him

© Provided by Times Live An acquaintance of the late Patrick Shai, Thabang Sefotho, has shared how the veteran actor was apologetic towards Cassper Nyovest and how deeply the character assassination ... Read more »

JUST IN: ANC Western Cape to open case against MEC Albert Fritz amid sexual assault allegations

© Provided by Mercury Cape Town – The ANC in the Western Cape will be approaching the police to open a case against suspended community safety MEC Albert Fritz. The ... Read more »

Mahesh Babu to Disha Patani, 5 actors who rejected Allu Arjun's blockbuster hit Pushpa

Mahesh Babu (L) and Disha Patani (R) backed out of Pushpa due to unknown reasons. Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rise, directed by Sukumar, is one of the highest-grossing films of ... Read more »

Entry-level cars are selling reallly well in South Africa right now

Manufacturers sold about 464 000 new vehicles in South Africa in 2021, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). In 2020, they sold around 380 ... Read more »

FAKE NEWS: Tweeps React To Drake At Konka Scam

International hip hop star Drake was rumoured to be booked to perform at Konka Soweto on 10th March 2022. Now, the popular Soweto nightclub has come out to clear the ... Read more »

First battery-powered Bentley set to launch in 3 years

On Wednesday, Bentley announced it’s making a $3.4 billion (£2.5 billion) investment over the next 10 years to become more sustainable. This significant outlay is part of the automaker’s Beyond100 ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic