The wife of Mexican drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and four years of supervised release, along with a forfeiture of $1.5 million, in connection with drug trafficking and money laundering charges related to her husband’s narcotics empire.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, pleaded guilty June 10 to the charges, and will get credit for time already served.
US District Judge Rudolph Contreras also imposed a $300 special assessment fine for each of the three counts to which she pleaded guilty. The sentencing took place in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Coronel addressed the court before learning her fate and expressed deep remorse for her involvement with Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and the harm she may have caused the citizens of the US. She acknowledged it would be difficult for the judge to ignore the fact she is Guzman’s wife and he might feel an obligation to impose a harsher sentence.
She said she accepted full responsibility and begged the judge to consider her 9-year-old twins who will already be forced to grow up without one parent when imposing his sentence.
Coronel’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, also asked the judge to consider the danger she may face because of anonymous federal sources cited in news coverage following her arrest, claiming she was a cooperating with the US government against other cartel members, which Lichtman said was categorically false.