‘El Chapo’ Floats One Condition For Pleading Guilty In US Court

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The lawyer of infamous Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera says his client is willing to plead guilty to multiple drug-related charges under one condition: not ending up in a maximum security prison.

El Chapo’s lawyer José Refugio Rodríguez told Univision that his client “would not be on his knees” when negotiating with U.S. authorities. Refugio Rodríguez made it clear that his client did not want to end up somewhere that he could “not have contact with other people and only be exposed to sunlight for an hour a day,” according to the weekend report.

The Mexican drug cartel leader recently became infamous in the U.S. after he was interviewed in January by actor and activist Sean Penn on behalf of Rolling Stone magazine. Penn’s interview with the drug lord – whose nickname means “Shorty” – was deemed to be highly controversial since El Chapo had the right to edit the piece before publication. According to Penn and Rolling Stone, El Chapo did not request any changes to the interview.

Penn secretly caught up with El Chapo in October 2015 while the drug lord was still fleeing Mexican authorities after he escaped from a Mexican maximum security prison in July, according to Vice News.

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