Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' to serve 3 years in federal prison

Emma Coronel Aispuro El Chapo's wife
Posted at 12:54 PM, Nov 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 15:54:21-05

(AP) -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire.

Emma Coronel Aispuro also helped her husband plan a dramatic escape through a tunnel dug underneath a prison in Mexico in 2015 by smuggling a GPS watch to him disguised as a food item.

Prosecutors had asked for four years in prison during a hearing in federal court in Washington, but U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras imposed a shorter term, saying her role was a small piece of a much larger organization.