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Between pressure from prosecutors and an “escape valve”: this is how Emma Coronel arrives at her audience

Between pressure from prosecutors and an “escape valve”: this is how Emma Coronel arrives at her audience (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP)

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, one of the most powerful drug lords in Mexico, he’s been in jail for nine months and his sentencing hearing has been postponed twice.

The last time he was before the court, it was decreed that his hearing will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the District of Columbia Court.

Emma Coronel was arrested in February 2021 and charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs, money laundering and dealing with a designated drug dealer.

In June, four months later, she pleaded guilty and was deprived of her liberty in Washington D.C., waiting for receive a conviction that, it was revealed a couple of weeks ago, could be very expensive.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “” El Chapo “” Guzmán, in Brooklyn Photo: EFE / Eduardo Muñoz Álvarez

Prosecutors handling the case of Emma Coronel Aispuro They asked Judge Rudolph Contreras for a sentence of 48 months in prison (four years) and required to make a full payment of one million 499 thousand 970 dollars to the authorities of the United States of America.

According to the document consulted by Infobae Mexico, it is a sentence below the range of the guidelines established by the Probation Office.

But the problems of Aispuro do not end there, as it was also revealed that the prosecutors asked that a period of supervision that could be extended until 2030.

If confirmed, Emma Coronel would be released in early 2025, following his arrest last February at the Washington-Dulles airport.

When that happens, and if the judge in turn takes the option presented by the prosecutors, the twins of Coronel and El Chapo will be teenagers who would be about to turn 15 years old.

However, it was revealed from the office of Emma Coronel’s lawyers, led by Mariel Colón Miró, they will seek to develop a tactic so that the sentence is reduced considerably.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, will face her sentencing hearing this Tuesday, November 30, after pleading guilty to crimes of conspiracy, money laundering, among others Photo: REUTERS / Jeenah Moon
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, will face her sentencing hearing this Tuesday, November 30, after pleading guilty to crimes of conspiracy, money laundering, among others Photo: REUTERS / Jeenah Moon

The mentioned resource is popularly known in the legal world as “Scape valve”, safety valve in English, which is governed mainly by the criminal record of the person involved.

In this sense, Colón assured Patricia Janot in the Janiot PM program, North American laws favor those who have not had a criminal attitude in the past, as long as you have pleaded guilty during the trial, which Aispuro fully complies.

This type of benefit is only used for drug-related cases, but specifically for those involved who represent a “minor threat” to society and its security, in accordance with Univision.

In summary, Emma Coronel she could be a strong candidate to reduce her case, involved in drug trafficking, down to the minimum sentence accepted by the state that is trying her.

Despite the fact that he refused to give a forecast of the sentence that the federal judge will give, Columbus Mirón equated the case of Emma Coronel with others who have used the same remedy and who have received between five and seven years in prison.

Between pressure from prosecutors and an
Between pressure from prosecutors and an “escape valve”: this is how Emma Coronel arrives at her audience (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP)

But it is not the only solution that Coronel would have left, since his lawyer also assured that there are possibilities, although minimal, of reaching an agreement with the authorities to deliver information about the Sinaloa Cartel, the criminal organization led by her husband in El Paso, and now in the hands of Ismael Mario “Mayo” Zambada.

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