Jury finds Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman guilty

A New York jury on Tuesday found Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty on 10 charges spanning more than two decades, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and distributing massive amounts of drugs internationally. Guzman, 61, will be sentenced in June.

Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to get life in prison with no possibility of parole. “It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return,” he said.

Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in talks to get Mexico to extradite him. Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Guzman’s defense attorneys, said it was “an absolute honor and a pleasure” to represent Guzman.

He said the defense team would appeal, and continue fighting the way it did in this trial, “like complete savages.”

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