Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán will appeal to be released from prison a year after a federal court in New York sentenced him to life behind bars.
Guzmán is currently incarcerated in ADX Florence, a supermax security prison in Florence, Colorado.
The 63-year-old co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel and his attorneys have until August 21 to file their appeal in an attempt to drop his conviction, which includes another 30 years, CNN said.
Mr. Guzmán remains focused on his call and we are currently working on that, ”said his lawyer, Mariel Colón.
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Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (pictured in 2017) plans to appeal his conviction to win his release from prison one year after being sentenced to life plus 30 years’ imprisonment
El Chapo (shown in the red circle) was transferred from a federal prison in New York City to a super-high-security prison in Colorado on July 19 last year, two days after he was sentenced to the rest of his life in prison.
El Chapo is allowed to stay outside the concrete cell for up to three hours where he spends the rest of his life
Regarded as the most powerful drug trafficker in the world – after Colombian Pablo Escobar – Guzmán was extradited from Mexico in January 2017 after being recaptured in January 2016 after his second jailbreak in June 2015 through a tunnel his organization built under the prison .
Before that, El Chapo had been on the run for 13 years after escaping prison in January 2001 with a washing car.
US prosecutors accused the leader of the Sinaloa cartel of 17 counts before the Brooklyn court jury convicted him on 10 charges.
El Chapo is locked in a 7 ft x 12 ft concrete cell and is only allowed to leave his cell for three hours a week.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will appeal and request his release from ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, including ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s eyesight had deteriorated, according to one of his lawyers, Mariel Colón
He is in the same prison where the ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef spend the rest of their lives. No prisoner has ever escaped from the super maximum prison.
His mother, María Consuelo Loera, met the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador in March, and asked him to intervene and return El Chapo to his native country, where he could serve the rest of his sentence.
His lawyers in Mexico reportedly have evidence that he has been extradited illegally to the U.S.
El Chapo should only receive visits from his former wife of beauty queen, Emma Coronel, the couple’s twin daughters and his legal team.
However, the Mexican drug lord’s visiting rights have been suspended by the Federal Prisons Office because of the COVID-19 pandemic over fears that prison staff and prisoners may be infected by outsiders who unknowingly carry the deadly virus.
A letter made public by the Mexican government in March and sent by María del Consuelo Loera to the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, indicates that her lawyers followed his orders by contacting his cabinet and evidence showing that her son Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, was illegally extradited to the US in January 2017.
“He’s even more alone after Covid-19. They completely canceled all visits, legally and socially, ‘said Colón. “He was allowed to exercise outside for three hours a week, but that has also been suspended to limit his contact with the guards, so this was of course difficult or difficult for him and it has affected Mr. Guzmán emotionally and psychologically in my opinion.”
After a visit in September 2019, Colón said El Chapo was having vision problems.
Colón then told it Univisión: “He looks a lot leaner, a little bit more suppressed. He’s not doing well there. It’s the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. ‘
At his trial, Guzmán complained about the solitary confinement to which he was imprisoned during his stay in a high-security wing of the prison in the Manhattan Detention Center, which is home to terrorists and gang members.
“I drink unsanitary water, no air or sunlight, and the inhaled air hurts my ears and throat,” he said at the sentencing.
“This has been psychological, emotional and mental torture 24 hours a day.”