Guzman, 62, was convicted on February 12 of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the United States as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, where prosecutors said he amassed power through murders and wars with rival cartels.
The Associated Press reports the 62-year-old career criminal was sentenced five months after his high-profile drug trafficking case began.
One of the members of a rival cartel, Guzman was ordered to bring to the cemetery and buried alive.
"The one they have over there isn't him, the real Joaquin Guzman must be walking around here somewhere".
"El Chapo is now an old story", Hope said.
For Joaquin Guzman, that's the biggest question at his sentencing in New York City on Wednesday.
Guzman was returned to the Altiplano prison, this time forced to regularly change rooms and with metal rods installed to prevent more digging.
He also used a program on his phone to spy on his wife and mistresses, which allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide text messages in court.
The Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo says he was denied a fair trial.
Despite the claims he paid for public works, the evidence that Guzman lived a lifestyle far removed from the surrounding poverty is clear to see - and not just because the USA believes he still has $12 billion stashed away somewhere. He also alleged that the jurors allowed media accounts of the trial to influence their thinking.
He also claimed his "unfair" trial had been tainted by juror misconduct.
An organizational genius, Guzman used secret computer servers in Canada to facilitate the flow of drugs and cash. The facility is located in the desert, about two hours south of Denver, and no inmate has ever escaped. "It's absolutely impossible. It's not even an issue". Shorty also complained that it is unable to visit wife Emma Coronel, and he does not see his daughters.
"A fair outcome was a fair trial- that's all we wanted", defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told reporters Wednesday outside the federal courthouse. He then escaped the Mexican prison in 2001. He spent the next 13 years in hiding around his home town of Sinaloa.
"In his previous two escapes, Guzman has demonstrated that he may be a greater risk of escaping than pretty much anyone else".
From a hole under the shower in his cell, the tunnel opened in an under-construction building.
The mile-long tunnel, complete with electricity and ventilation, was in the works for month and Lopez learned that Guzman was "hearing noises where he was, those who were excavating (the tunnel) were already underneath".
Wary of his history of escaping from Mexican prisons, US 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.
Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017.
"This project is an idea Joaquin and I have had for a long time", she told the New York Daily News. This would be illegal under United States law.