The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is seen in this courtroom sketch, waving to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, upon entering the courtroom on the day he was found guilty of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States, in Brooklyn federal court in NY, on February 12, 2019.
The Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo says he was denied a fair trial. "You know those billions that El Chapo has were made trafficking illegally across the US border, bringing narcotics across the border, and it is only right that those ill-gotten gains go toward fixing the problems and stopping the next narcotrafficker".
Wary of his history of escaping from Mexican prisons, USA authorities have kept him in solitary confinement in an ultra-secure unit at a Manhattan jail and under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn courthouse where his case unfolded.
"A fair outcome was a fair trial- that's all we wanted", defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told reporters Wednesday outside the federal courthouse.
The charges, which also include money laundering and weapons-related offences, carry a mandatory life sentence.
At the trial, Guzman's lawyers argued he was the fall guy for other kingpins who were better at paying off top Mexican politicians and law enforcement officials to protect them while the US government looked the other way.
They have already asked Cogan to overturn it, citing a report that jurors disobeyed court rules by reading news reports about the case.
Speaking through a translator at a federal court in Brooklyn, Guzman called his confinement in the United States "psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day".
Ms Coronel regularly attended Guzman's proceedings even when testimony cast her in a harsh light.
He will be offered the chance to speak publicly before U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan pronounces Guzman's sentence. And the chances the US government could collect on a roughly $12.5 billion forfeiture order are zero, they add.
In what could be his last time addressing the public before he is shipped to Colorado's Supermax prison, El Chapo told the courtroom "there was no justice here".
"By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people", Cruz said in a January statement.
For Joaquin Guzman, that's the biggest question at his sentencing in New York City on Wednesday.
Before his capture in 2016, Guzman escaped two maximum-security prisons in Mexico - in one instance by riding a motorbike through a tunnel underneath his cell.
Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case. The government says the guilty verdict at an 11-week trial triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole. The defense said he was framed.