(CNN) – Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is expected to speak at his criminal sentencing on Wednesday in what may be the last time he’s seen in public before an expected life stay at Colorado’s Supermax prison.
“He has an absolute right of allocution, and I’d be shocked if he did not allocute — speak — today, and I do anticipate that he will speak today,” defense attorney William Purpura told CNN.
Guzman, 62, was convicted in February of all 10 counts he faced, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, which carries a mandatory term of life in prison, as well as drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors have called him a “ruthless and bloodthirsty leader” of the Sinaloa cartel and are seeking a life sentence.
Witnesses during the trial testified that Guzman ordered and sometimes took part in the torture and murder of perceived cartel enemies.
In the months since Guzman was convicted by a jury, he has signed away the rights to his name so that Coronel may start an El Chapo-branded clothing line and asked for better conditions at the Manhattan prison where he is being held. He also has been asked by the US government to fork over $12.6 billion.