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U.S. wants 'El Chapo' in prison for life after murder plot target testifies

U.S. wants 'El Chapo' in prison for life after murder plot target testifies
FILE PHOTO: Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is shown shortly after extraditon in New York, U.S., January 19, 2017, in this booking photo released February 12, 2019. U.S. Department of Justice/Handout via REUTERS -
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NEWYORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said they want the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to spend the rest of his life — plus 30 years — in prison, after he hears from a victim who survived a murder plot he was accused of initiating.

Guzman, 62, faces a mandatory minimum of life in prison at his scheduled July 17 sentencing hearing, following his February conviction on a variety of drug charges.

In a Wednesday night letter, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn to add another 30 years because jurors convicted Guzman of illegally using a firearm, including a machine gun, in connection with drug trafficking.

Prosecutors also said Guzman conspired to murder “numerous” people as a main leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and at least one target intends to make a “victim-impact statement” at the sentencing hearing.

Jeffrey Lichtman, a lawyer for Guzman, was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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