60 years in prison for killer of Chandra Levy

Washington Sports Club was the last place Chandra Levy was seen alive. CC by dbking/Flickr

One of the most famous cold cases in recent history has been drawn to a close. A Washington, D.C., judge sentenced Chandra Levy’s killer to 60 years behind bars. Initially, former congressman Gary Condit was a suspect because the two were having an affair, but evidence pointed strongly to Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted in November of 2010. Guandique was already serving time in prison for attacking women in the same area Levy’s body was found at the time of her disappearance.

Illegal immigrant already serving time

When Chandra Levy disappeared in 2001, many thought it was a cover up for Gary Condit, a Congressman with whom she was having an affair. Condit lost his position in the House of Representatives because of the affair. Levy’s remains were found in 2002 in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. A man who had been convicted of attacks on other women, Salvadoran illegal immigrant, Ingmar Guandique, became a prime suspect. Levy jogged in the Rock Creek Park area, and Guandique already had been convicted of assaulting women who jogged there.

Guandique given a 60-year sentence

Ingmar Guandique was already serving time for his previous assaults and was convicted of murdering Levy in November 2010. The New York Times says the judge sentenced him to twice the minimum and just short of the maximum penalty of life in prison, giving him a total of 60 years for murder. Judge Gerald Fisher stated that he would not get life in prison because Guandique was “close to” but not “the worst of all the worst.” At the sentencing hearing, Chandra Levy’s mother said to Guandique, “You are lower than a cockroach … (expletive) you,” according to MSNBC.

Judge says no to a new trial

Judge Fisher denied a new trial, which was requested by Guandique’s attorneys. In evidence, prosecuting attorneys said the reason Guandique left El Salvador was that he’d been caught attacking women there. Defense attorneys argued that jurors had shared notes during a trial, but the judge said that the evidence against him wasn’t affected by that minor technical issue.

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New York Times