Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s wife is allowed to spend just two hours a day outside her cell, relegated to a tiny room at the Virginia prison where she is awaiting trial, according to her attorney.
Emma Coronel spends the rest of her time reading, her New York-based lawyer Mariel Colón told The Associated Press in a story published Monday.
The 31-year-old has been held at the Alexandria prison since her February 22 arrest at Dulles International Airport.
‘Her confinement conditions have not improved yet,’ said the lawyer. ‘She is locked up almost all day.’
Colón declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com.
Emma Coronel (pictured) the wife of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, is only permitted to leave her Alexandria, Virginia, prison cell for two hours a day, her New York-based lawyer Mariel Colón told The Associated Press in a story published Monday
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (pictured January 19, 2017 after exiting an airplane in Ronkonkoma, New York) was convicted by a Brooklyn federal court July 2019 and sentenced to life in prison
Emma Coronel (right) walking with her lawyer Mariel Colón (center) on January 22, 2019 outside the Brooklyn federal court house where her husband Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán stood trial
Coronel is also isolated from the rest of the inmate population.
‘She only leaves her cell when they take her out to the small interior room. Nothing else,’ Colón, who also represented El Chapo during his high-profile trial, told The Associated Press.
‘Unfortunately, they do not offer, there are no activities available so that she can be distracted,’ Colón added. ‘The only thing you can do while you are inside her cell is read.’
Colón did not detail whether Coronel had spoken to the twin daughters she has with El Chapo.
Coronel is being charged with a single-count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S.
Federal authorities have said that Coronel relayed messages to help Guzmán conduct drug trafficking from 2012 to early 2014, and that she continued delivering messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison following his February 2014 arrest.
Emma Coronel rejected her legal right to a preliminary hearing, according to a court document presented at the District of Columbia Court on March 20
Emma Coronel (second from right) arrives with her twin daughters at a Brooklyn, New York, federal court on February 15, 2018 to attend the trial of her husband, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán
Coronel, who married El Chapo at the age of 18, reportedly was instrumental in setting up the kingpin’s infamous July 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison in Mexico through a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell.
She allegedly began plotting another escape following his January 2016 capture by Mexican authorities.
In February 2019, El Chapo was convicted of 10 counts that included drug trafficking, criminal use of a firearm, conspiring to commit murder and money laundering. He was sentenced in July 2019 to life in prison plus 30 years. He is not eligible for parole.
According to a court document presented in District of Columbia Court on March 20, Coronel rejected her legal right to a preliminary hearing.
Emma Coronel is being charged with a single-count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S.
The same day, her other lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, told Telemundo ‘everything is on the table,’ alluding to the possibility of negotiating with federal prosecutors.
Lichtman did not offer any details about whether Coronel had information to use against the Sinaloa Cartel, the transnational criminal organization that El Chapo co-founded. It is now under the leadership of his three sons and his associate, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.
‘There is no chance that she can spend the rest of her life in prison,’ Lichtman said.
‘Keep in mind that at this time, the minimum sentence is 10 years, maximum life imprisonment. But this is a case of a minimum participation in the case. Even if everything the government says is true, it has a minimal stake in this whole great conspiracy.’