Emma Coronel, wife of “El Chapo”, sentenced to 3 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering

Emma Coronel reached an agreement with prosecutors for a minimum sentence.

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WASHINGTON.- Emma Coronel was sentenced to 3 years in prison, plus four years of supervised release, for three accusations against him regarding drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiring with a foreigner against the United States. She asked for mercy and forgiveness for her actions.

This Tuesday, Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the District Court of Washington, DC, applied the sentence that followed the agreement between the prosecutor in the case, Anthony Nardozzi, and the defendant, who is represented by attorneys Jeffrey Litchman and Mariel Colón.

The punishment against the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, happened nine months after he turned himself in at Dulles International Airport. The time you have been in prison will be deducted from the sentence.

The wife of “El Chapo” will collaborate with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in other legal proceedings against people involved in drug trafficking, a basic condition to obtain the minimum sentence.

The processes in which Corone will collaborate is unknown, but the US Government has open cases against “Los Chapitos”, sons of Guzmán Loera, and of the another cartel leader, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, for whom the DEA would now give a $ 15 million reward.

Coronel became a red flag – at least at the public level – on February 23, 2019, when the godfather of her twins, Dámaso López Núñez, alias “El Lic”, revealed in Guzmán Loera’s trial that his comadre helped plan for her husband to leave through a tunnel in the Altiplano prison in Mexico in 2015.

Although prosecutors in the US cannot prosecute Coronel for any crime for the incident that occurred in Mexico, this revelation served to support the accusation of “conspiring with a foreigner against the United States.”

The wife of “El Chapo” avoided a sentence of up to life in prison by refusing to have a trial and open negotiations with prosecutors.

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will determine where Colonel will be taken and who will be able to visit her.