“I’m truly ashamed. I promise you I will never again go the wrong way. I would like to be able to work honestl,”said Aréchiga to the court during sentencing.
Further stating that when he is released, he hopes to work in “construction and home remodeling”.
In court Aréchiga expressed his desire to return to Mexico and his family. By all accounts he comes from a respected family.
His father held positions in Sinaloa government, including commissioner of communal lands, treasurer of state highways and a congressional representative, according to a letter filed to the court.
Aréchiga mother has her master’s degree, and Aréchiga siblings all have advanced degrees.
He grew up with the zamabada family, Arechiga formed close bonds with the Zambada boys.
“They went to school together. They played together. They participated in sports together. They attended social events together. They grew to be best friends,” his attorney wrote. El Mayo is supposedly very fond of Aréchiga.
Aréchiga was extradited to San Diego in July 2014 and a year later he pleaded guilty and entered into a plea deal –see below–. In the plea agreement, he said he belonged to the Sinaloa cartel since 2005.