Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s wife is only allowed to spend two hours a day outside her cell, relegated to a tiny room in the Virginia prison where she is awaiting trial, her lawyer said.
Emma Coronel spends the rest of her time reading, her New York-based attorney Mariel Colón told The Associated Press in a story published Monday.
The 31-year-old has been detained in Alexandria prison since her arrest at Dulles International Airport on February 22.
“Her incarceration conditions have not improved yet,” the lawyer said. “She’s locked up almost all day.”
Colón declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com.
Emma Coronel (pictured), the wife of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, is only allowed to leave her prison cell in Alexandria, Virginia, for two hours a day, her New York-based attorney Mariel Colón told The Associated Press in a story published Monday.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (photo 19 January 2017 after exiting a plane in Ronkonkoma, New York) was convicted by a federal court in Brooklyn in July 2019 and sentenced to life in prison
Emma Coronel (right) walks with her attorney Mariel Colón (center) outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on January 22, 2019 where her husband Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was on trial
Coronel has also been isolated from the rest of the prisoner population.
She doesn’t leave her cell until they take her into the small inner room. Nothing else, ”Colón, who also represented El Chapo at his high-profile trial, told The Associated Press.
“Unfortunately, they do not offer an offer, there are no activities available so that it can be distracted,” added Colón. “All you can do while in her cell is read to you.”
Colón has not detailed whether Coronel had spoken to the twin daughters she has with El Chapo.
Coronel charged with a single count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the US
Federal authorities have said that Coronel sent messages to help Guzmán in the drug trade from 2012 to early 2014, and that after his arrest in February 2014, she continued to deliver messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison.
Emma Coronel rejected her legal right to a preliminary hearing, according to a court document filed in the District of Columbia Court on March 20.
Emma Coronel (second from right) arrives with her twin daughters at a federal court in Brooklyn, New York on February 15, 2018, to attend the trial of her husband, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.
Coronel, who married El Chapo at the age of 18, was reportedly instrumental in setting up the infamous July 2015 kingpin escape from Altiplano prison in Mexico through a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell .
She reportedly planned another escape after his arrest in January 2016 by Mexican authorities.
In February 2019, El Chapo was convicted of 10 cases, including drug trafficking, criminal use of a firearm, conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering. He was sentenced to life in prison in July 2019 prison plus 30 years. He is not eligible for parole.
According to a court document presented in the District of Columbia Court on March 20, Coronel rejected her legal right to a preliminary hearing.
Emma Coronel is charged with one-time conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the US
On the same day, her other attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, told Telemundo “ everything is on the table, ” referring to the possibility of negotiating with federal prosecutors.
Lichtman did not provide details as to whether Coronel had information to use against the Sinaloa Cartel, the transnational criminal organization that El Chapo co-founded. It is now headed by his three sons and his collaborator, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.
“There is no chance she can spend the rest of her life in prison,” said Lichtman.
Keep in mind that at the moment the minimum sentence is 10 years, the maximum life sentence. But this is a case of minimal participation in the cause. Even though everything the government says is true, it has a minimal share in this very great conspiracy. ‘