Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo” was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. The sentencing hearing took place in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Court records show that Coronel expressed remorse for her action and involvement with her husband and the Sinaloa Cartel and the harm she may have caused. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras also imposed a $300 special assessment fine for each count Coronel pleaded guilty to.
Coronel was emotional at the hearing and pleaded for leniency. She asked for leniency because her two 9-year-old twins have had a difficult time adjusting. Furthermore, Coronel claims her life may be in danger due to false media reports that she was cooperating with federal authorities. Her attorney argued that those media claims were categorically false.
The judge departed from the sentencing guideline based on Coronel's lack of criminal record; her minor role in the offense; and the fact that she met her husband when she was 17. Coronel requested to serve her sentence near the Los Angeles area since her children reside in that area.
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