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El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán gets life in prison Joaquín Guzmán A US judge has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to life in.



prison plus 30 years.

Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February.

He escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2015, but was later arrested. He was extradited to the US in 2017.

He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say is the largest supplier of drugs to the US.

During the trial, witnesses said he had tortured his cartel's enemies

Speaking through an interpreter just before Wednesday's sentencing, Guzmán said in the Brooklyn courtroom his confinement in the US had been "psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day."

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Guzmán's wife Emma Coronel attends the sentencing
                

He also said he had received an unfair trial, accusing jurors of misconduct.

The life sentence was the minimum Guzmán faced. The additional 30 years were for unlawful uses of firearms.

So what ordered to pay $ 12.6bn (£ 10bn) in forfeiture.

Prosecutors said Guzmán would be serving his sentence "tons of steel", referring to a high security prison in Colorado.

"Who is El Chapo?"

"El Chapo" (or "Shorty") ran the cartel in northern Mexico.

In 2009,

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He also accused of helping to make hundreds of tonnes of cocaine into the US and of conspiring to make and distribute heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

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Key associates, including one former lieutenant, testified against Guzmán.

It was shocking revelations about the drug lord's life.

Court papers accused he was having girls as young as 13 drugged before raping them.

Guzmán said, "The youngest of the girls had vitamins in the body" said Colombian drug trafficker Alex Cifuentes, a former associate.

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A former associate, Cifuentes (L), alleged that Guzmán (R) had sexually abused young girls
                

Another witness described seeing Guzmán murder at least three men.

Shaper bodyguard Isaias Valdez Rios said Guzmán beat two people who were "completely like rag dolls".

In another incident, he was a member of the rival Arellano Felix cartel burned and imprisoned before taking him to a graveyard, shooting him and having him buried alive.

Guzmán is also alleged to have his own cousin killed for lying around, and ordered a hit on the brother of another cartel leader because he did not shake his hand.

The court heard details of his 2015 escape from Mexico's maximum-security Altiplano prison.

At one point Guzmán complained that he could hear the digging from his cell.

He also used his software on his phone to spy on his wife and mistresses, which allowed the FBI to present his text messages in court.

In this one set of texts, he recounts to his wife how he had a villa during a raid by US and Mexican officials, before asking for his new clothes, shoes and black mustache dye.

Why was this

Guzmán is the highest profile Mexican drug cartel so far to stand trial in the US

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Media caption A former DEA agent reads capturing Guzmán in 2014 – he later escaped

Guzmán achieved notoriety for twice escaping custody in Mexico as well as avoiding arrest on numerous other occasions.

Amongst others in his home state, he has the status of a folk hero, a popular subject of "narcocorridos" – musical tributes to drugs barons.

In 2016, he gave an interview to Hollywood actor Sean Penn in a Mexican jungle following his escape the previous year and boasted that he was the world's leading supplier of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

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New York's Brooklyn Bridge Guzmán drove across it
                

The US indictment against it is under pressure from six federal jurisdictions across the country, including New York, Chicago and Miami.

Prosecutors pooled together with more than a decade of evidence, including international partners seeking as Mexico

The trial jurors were anonymous and were excommunicated to and from the courthouse in Brooklyn by armed marshals after prosecutors argued that Guzman had a history of intimidating witnesses and even ordering their murders.


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