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(FILES) This file photo handout by the US Department of Justice received February 19, 2019, shows Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, as he was extradited to the United States to face charges. - US prosecutors on July 10, 2019 called for "ruthless" drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to be jailed for life plus 30 years for trafficking hundreds of tonnes of drugs to America. El Chapo is to be sentenced on the morning of July 17 after being convicted on February 12 of crimes spanning a quarter of a century, after a trial that laid bare his lavish lifestyle and penchant for extreme violence as the head of one of the world's most powerful gangs. (Photo by HO / US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE / AFP)

NEW YORK: U.S. prosecutors said they want the Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to spend the rest of his life -- plus 30 years -- in prison, after he hears from a victim who survived a murder plot he was accused of initiating.

Guzman, 62, faces a mandatory minimum of life in prison at his scheduled July 17 sentencing hearing, following his February conviction on a variety of drug charges.

In a Wednesday night letter, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn to add another 30 years because jurors convicted Guzman of illegally using a firearm, including a machine gun, in connection with drug trafficking.

Prosecutors also said Guzman conspired to murder "numerous" people as a main leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and at least one target intends to make a "victim-impact statement" at the sentencing hearing.

Jeffrey Lichtman, a lawyer for Guzman, was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. -- REUTERS

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