El Chapo’s father-in-law is denied early release from Mexican prison because of behavioral problems

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s father-in-law is likely to serve his full 10-year sentence after a court, citing behavioral problems, rejected his offer for early release.

Inés Coronel, whose daughter Emma Coronel is in prison pending sentencing in the United States, has been petitioning Mexican courts for early release since March 2019. However, his legal staff failed to convince the courts to let him walk out of a Mexican prison.

Mexican digital news broadcast La Silla Rota Thursday for the first time about the failed offer of Inés Coronel for release.

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Inés Coronel, whose daughter Emma Coronel is married to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has filed several petitions for early release after being sentenced in April 2017 by a Mexican court to 10 years and five months in prison for illegal possession of firearms and drug smuggling to the United States

Emma Coronel awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to US charges in June and admitting helping her husband, El Chapo, run his multi-billion dollar criminal empire

Emma Coronel awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to US charges in June and admitting helping her husband, El Chapo, run his multi-billion dollar criminal empire

Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán is serving a life sentence in the United States

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is serving a life sentence in the United States

Coronel, a 53-year-old former high-ranking leader within El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, was arrested on April 30, 2013 at a home in the northern border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora, across from Douglas, Arizona.

He was found guilty of illegally possessing firearms and smuggling drugs into the United States. Coronel was sentenced to 10 years and five months in prison on April 28, 2017. He was also ordered to pay a $900 fine.

Attempts to reduce the sentence have failed several times.

According to legal documents reviewed by La Silla Rota, Coronel’s legal team filed for his resignation on March 12, 2019, citing a “partial waiver of sentence, provisional release and conditional release.”

However, the court rejected the request on February 19, 2020, ruling that Coronel was “feeling guilty of acts and conduct contrary to morality or decency” during an incident in prison on June 20, 2015.

The court also cited items found in Coronel’s prison cell on July 19, 2017 that endangered “prison security and/or a person’s life” and “malicious behavior that interferes with the operation of services or supplies in the penal institution’ .’

Inés Coronel is a former employee of the Sinaloa cartel, co-founded by his son-in-law, El Chapo's.  Coronel, the father of Emma Coronel, El Chapo's wife, was arrested and found guilty of illegally possessing firearms and smuggling drugs into the United States and was sentenced on April 28, 2017 to 10 years and five months in prison.

Inés Coronel is a former employee of the Sinaloa cartel, co-founded by his son-in-law, El Chapo’s. Coronel, the father of Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, was arrested and found guilty of illegally possessing firearms and smuggling drugs into the United States and was sentenced on April 28, 2017 to 10 years and five months in prison.

Emma Coronel, 31, was 18 when she married El Chapo.  She was arrested at Virginia's Dulles International Airport in February and has been in prison ever since

Emma Coronel, 31, was 18 when she married El Chapo. She was arrested at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport in February and has been in prison ever since

In its judgment, the court states that Coronel ‘didn’t learn enough’ in prison and that the ‘possible benefit of early release (was) unfavourable’.

Coronel’s lawyers filed two additional appeals in February and March 2020 with the Third Unitary Criminal Court in Mexico City. Both were rejected in December 2020. After yet another appeal to another court, the Third Unitary Criminal Court in Mexico City on May 30 upheld the rejection of Coronel’s release.

While Coronel languishes in prison, his oldest child, Omar, who was also arrested with him in 2013, is serving a nine-year sentence for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and illegal possession of military firearms.

Coronel’s former beauty queen daughter and mother of El Chapo’s twin daughters awaits sentencing. She admitted in June that she helped her husband run his multi-billion dollar criminal empire.

Emma Coronel, who has dual Mexico-US citizenship, pleaded guilty to three federal felonies as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

The charges include knowingly conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine over several years. She also pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to pay and enter into transactions with a foreign drug trafficker.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, according to U.S. prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi,

Emma Coronel Aispuro, according to U.S. prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi, “helped” the Sinaloa cartel’s goals of smuggling drugs into the U.S. and helped import more than 450,000 kilograms of cocaine, 90,000 kilograms of heroin, 45,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and about 90,000 kilogram of marijuana

The 31-year-old, who was 18 when she married El Chapo, was arrested at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport in February and has been in jail ever since.

El Chapo, the co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel, was responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said. They also said his “army of sicarios” or “assassins” had been ordered to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who stood in his way.

The infamous drug lord is serving a life sentence in Colorado.

Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi said Emma Coronel “assisted and instigated” the Sinaloa cartel’s goals of smuggling drugs into the US and helped import more than 450,000 kilograms of cocaine, 90,000 kilograms of heroin, 45,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and about 90,000 kilogram of marijuana.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, argued that Coronel was a “very minimal participant” and was “a very small part of this much bigger thing.”

Her arrest earlier this year came as a surprise, in part because authorities had failed to arrest her in the past two years, even though she was involved in her husband’s crimes. During the 2019 trial of El Chapo, prosecutors said she helped orchestrate his two prison breaks in Mexico.

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