A federal judge of USA postponed to November the sentence of Emma Coronel, wife of the former head of the Sinaloa cartel, El Chapo Guzmán, which was due to be known next week after she pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.
“The sentence of the accused Emma Coronel Aispuro currently scheduled for September 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. is rescheduled for November 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Rudolph Contreras.” From federal court in Washington, according to official documents.
Contreras, judge of the District Court of USA for the District of Columbia, granted the extension on Thursday in response to a request from attorneys and prosecutors for “additional time to properly prepare for sentencing”.
Coronel, with dual US and Mexican citizenship, pleaded guilty on June 10 to the three charges brought against her: conspiracy to distribute drugs in USA, money laundering and transactions with a designated drug trafficker.
The 32-year-old former beauty queen faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, but her guilty plea could shorten her sentence.
Coronel, who married El Chapo as a teenager and had two twin daughters with him, she was arrested on February 22 at Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington, and has been detained near the US capital ever since.
Her husband, 64, was sentenced to life in prison in July 2019 for shipping tons of drugs to USA over 25 years and is serving his sentence in the ADX prison in Florence, Colorado, the highest-security federal prison in the country.
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