Attorney Mariel Colon, who has visited Guzman regularly in prison before, during and after his trial, says she is a guilty person who has been guilty of a torture and murder of perceived cartel enemies. optimistic about his chances on appeal.
But if the appeal is not successful, "then this will be the last time the public will see El Chapo," Colon told CNN. "
Colon said Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, has not decided if she will appear at his sentence before US District Judge Brian Cogan, who presided over his trial . But she is not allowed to visit Guzman in prison. He is limited to phone calls and visits from certain family members, including his twin 8-year-old daughters.
Even if Guzman files an appeal, it would be unlikely that he would appear in court, Colon said.
In the months since Guzman was convicted by a jury, he has signed his rights to his name so that Coronel may start a El Chapo-branded clothing line and ask for better conditions at the Manhattan prison where he is being held. He also has been asked by the US government to overkill over $ 12.6 billion.
Cogan denied Guzman's request for a new trial and hearing to investigate the claims.
Guzman, who has been in isolation for two and a half years, is expected to serve his sentence in the nation's
"He's going to Supermax, I'm sure, in Colorado," Guzman lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman told CNN's "New Day" the day after he was convicted. "
Until he is transferred, Guzman remains at the Metropolitan Correction Center and the federal prison in Manhattan. He is able to be visited by members of his legal team any day of the week and is allowed to receive a phone call from his sister every 15-20 days, Colon said. But once he is transferred to Colorado, attorney visits may be more limited, she said.
"What we've really been discussing is the appeal," Colon said. "
Guzman's history escaping prison has weighed on the prosecutors' minds, both during his trial and after his conviction . Guzman escaped from Mexican prisons twice.
In 2001, Guzman escaped by hiding in a laundry cart. He spent the next 13 years hiding in and around his home state of Sinaloa.
He was recaptured in 2014, but former associate Damaso Lopez testified during Guzman's trial that Guzman's wife and other family stayed in touch with Guzman while he was in prison in the Mexican city of Altiplano. Lopez testified that Guzman asked for a tunnel to be built directly into Guzman's cell.
The mile-long tunnel, complete with electricity and ventilation, was in the works for the month, and Lopez learned that Guzman was "noises where he was, those who were excavating (the tunnel) were already underneath."
Guzman escaped from the Mexican prison a second time, on July 11, 2015.