A judge on Tuesday sentenced Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, to three years in prison.
The wife of drug trafficker “El Chapo” Guzmán was sentenced to 3 years in prison
The sentence imposed by federal judge Rudolph Contreras in the District of Columbia court is one year less than what prosecutors were asking for.
“I wish you good luck,” Judge Contreras told “El Chapo’s” wife after pronouncing the sentence. “I hope you can raise your twin girls in a different environment than the one you have experienced today. Good luck.”
In June Coronel Aispuro, who has twin girls with Guzman, pleaded guilty to three felonies: conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; money laundering; and participating in transactions involving property belonging to a drug trafficker.
During Tuesday’s hearing, “El Chapo’s” wife said it might be difficult for Judge Contreras to ignore that she is Guzman’s wife.
“Maybe that’s why he feels an obligation to be a little tougher on me. But I beg him not to,” Coronel Aispuro said in a trembling voice.
“Today it hurts me a lot for the suffering I have caused my family by being in this situation. My parents instilled in me respect, gratitude and honesty but they also taught me to accept my mistakes and ask forgiveness for them.”
The wife also spoke about his twin girls
“They were already growing up without one of their dads. That is why I beg you not to let them grow up without their mother as well,” he told the judge.
Judge Contreras said that in his sentence he took into account the help Coronel Aispuro gave to Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel but also considered that she was a minor when she married him and her role in drug trafficking and cartel operations was fairly minimal.
Coronel Aispuro has been in prison since her arrest in February of this year at Dulles Airport in Virginia.