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Monday February 14, 2011

Salvordan Sentenced to 60 years for Chandra Levy Murder

Salvordan Sentenced to 60 years for Chandra Levy Murder

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The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy almost 10 years ago was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday.

Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique, now 29, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder of 24-year-old Chandra Levy. On November 22nd, 2010, it took less than three hours of deliberations for a jury to find Guandique guilty of Levy’s May 2001 murder.

In an 18-page memo, assistant U.S. attorneys Amanda Haines and Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez wrote, “Guandique has demonstrated predatory behavior that seems incapable of rehabilitation,” and listed prison disciplinary records and Guandique’s additional crimes as points to consider for sentence.

Guandique’s attorneys countered with their memo and spoke of his violent poverty-stricken upbringing, adding that he has learning and psychological problems.

Though 40 witnesses were presented by the prosecution, only one, Guandique’s former cell-mate connected him to Levy, claiming Guandique has confessed to him that he killed her.

Chandra Levy’s murder case received so much media coverage in large part, due to her secret relationship with then-congressman Gary Condit. Evidence and testimony presented at the trial confirmed their affair. The much-older lawman testified that he had absolutely nothing to do with Levy’s death, and in court, was allowed Condit to avoid questions regarding the exact details of his relationship with her.

At the sentencing, Susan Levy, Chandra’s mother gave a 16-minute statement, during which she directed many remarks directly to Guandique and said he was “lower than a cockroach.” At the end, after reading victim impact statements from her son and husband, Susan turned and pointed to Guandique and said, “Finally, f**k you. That is it.”

Appearing to wipe tears from his eyes, Guandique, through an interpreter said, “I am sorry, I am sorry for what happened to (Chandra), but I had nothing to do with it. I am innocent.”