The former beauty queen is the mother of El Chapo’s 8-year-old twin daughters, who made a surprise appearance in court during his New York-based trial for drug smuggling, money laundering, and conspiring to murder. The 62-year-old broke down in tears when he saw the two girls wave at him.
The one time leader of the Sinaloa Cartel was found guilty on all charges in the 17-count indictment and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years on July 17, 2019.
Emma, now 30, stayed by her husband’s side throughout the legal proceedings and expressed concern for his safety shortly after his third arrest in 2016.
“They want to make him pay for his escape,” she said of the Mexican authorities at “El Altiplano,” the maximum-security prison El Chapo was kept at until his extradition to the U.S. in January 2017.
“They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are,” Emma, who was born in California but raised in Mexico, told Telemundo. “They are there with him, watching him in his cell. They are right there, all day long, calling attendance. They don’t let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom.”