Guzman, 62, was convicted in February by a jury of all 10 counts he faced, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and drug trafficking charges, among others. Prosecutors have called him a "ruthless and bloodthirsty leader" of the Sinaloa cartel and are seeking a life sentence. Witnesses during the trial testified that Guzman ordered and sometimes took part in the torture and murder of perceived cartel enemies.Attorney Mariel Colon, who has visited Guzman regularly in prison before, during and after his trial, says she is optimistic about his chances on appeal. But if the appeal is not successful, "then this will be the last time the public will see El Chapo," Colon told CNN. "It could be potentially also the last time El Chapo could see his wife."Colon said Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, has not decided if she will appear at his sentencing before US District Judge Brian Cogan, who presided over his trial. But she is not permitted to visit or correspond with Guzman in prison. He is limited to phone calls and visits from certain family members, including his twin 8-year-old daughters. Even if Guzman files an appeal, it would be unlikely that he would appear in court, Colon said.In the months since Guzman was convicted by a jury, he has signed away the rights to his name so that Coronel may start an El Chapo-branded clothing line and asked for better conditions at the Manhattan prison where he is being held. He also has been asked by the US government to fork over $12.6 billion. The identities of the jurors who decided his fate have remained anonymous for their own safety. But shortly after the verdict one juror spoke to Vice News anonymously and alleged a wide range of possible juror misconduct, ranging from following news reports about the trial, which was expressly forbidden, to lying to Cogan about whether they'd been exposed to certain media reports. Cogan denied Guzman's request for a new trial and a hearing to investigate the claims.
His colorful life behind bars
Guzman, who has been in isolation for two-and-a-half years, is expected to serve out his sentence in the nation's most secure federal prison in Florence, Colorado."He's going to Supermax, I'm sure, in Colorado," Guzman lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman told CNN's "New Day" the day after he was convicted. "No one has ever escaped. It's absolutely impossible. It's not even an issue."Until he is transferred, Guzman remains at the Metropolitan Correction Center, a federal prison in Manhattan. He is able to be visited by members of his legal team any day of the week, and is allowed to receive a phone call from his sister every 15-20 days, Colon said. But once he is transferred to Colorado, attorney visits may be more limited, she said. "What we've really been discussing more is the appeal," Colon said. "We really need to discuss as much as possible now because we won't get to visit him regularly like now for the appeal."Guzman's history escaping prison has weighed on prosecutors' minds, both during his trial and after his conviction. Guzman escaped from Mexican prisons twice. In 2001 Guzman escaped by hiding in a laundry cart. He spent the next 13 years in hiding in and around his home state of Sinaloa. He was recaptured in 2014, but former associate Damaso Lopez testified during Guzman's trial that he, Guzman's wife and other family stayed in touch with Guzman while he was held in prison in the Mexican city of Altiplano. Lopez testified that Guzman asked for a tunnel to be built directly into Guzman's cell. The mile-long tunnel, complete with electricity and ventilation, was in the works for month and Lopez learned that Guzman "hearing noises where he was, those who were excavating (the tunnel) were already underneath."Guzman escaped from the Mexican prison a second time, on July 11, 2015.
Tight security in New York
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