Notorious Cartel Leader “El Chapo” Guzman has reportedly been convicted in a U.S. Trial and could now face life in prison.
A Brooklyn jury on Tuesday found Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty of operating a continuing criminal enterprise.
The panel spent more than five days mulling the drug lord’s fate before convicting him on the top count.
Guzman, who twice escaped prison in Mexico, now faces up to life behind bars.
The decision follows an 11-week trial with testimony from more than 50 prosecution witnesses — including 14 former associates of Guzman’s who took the stand against him — and a 30-minute, single-witness defense case.
The historic trial often unfolded more like a telenovela than a prosecution — chronicling the 61-year-old’s rise to leader of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel over the course of three decades, as witnesses detailed his pivot from a lavish lifestyle in the 1990s to hiding out in the mountains on the run from authorities the following decade.
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