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A Washington, D.C., judge has sentenced Chandra Levy’s killer to 60 years in prison. Ingmar Guandique was convicted in November for the murder of Levy, who was found to be romantically linked to Congressman Gary Condit after she disappeared. Guandique, an illegal immigrant, had already been convicted of attacking women in the same area.

Salvadoran illegal immigrant already serving sentences for attacks

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. News of the affair cost Condit his post in the House of Representatives. Her remains were discovered in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C. in 2002, but investigations yielded little, and the case was thought to have gone cold, according to Reuters. However, a man who had been convicted of attacks on other women, Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar Guandique, became a prime suspect. Guandique was already serving time for assaulting women who went jogging in the area of Rock Creek Park just as Levy did, and prosecutors began revisiting the case.

Guandique gets 60 years

Ingmar Guandique is already serving time for his previous assaults and was convicted of murdering Levy in Nov. 2010. The presiding judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison for murder, which is double the minimum but shy of the maximum penalty of life in prison, according to the New York Times. Judge Gerald Fisher did not sentence him to the maximum because he felt Guandique was “close to” but did not “conclude that he’s the worst of all the worst.” At the sentencing hearing, Chandra Levy’s mother Susan said to Guandique, “You are lower than a cockroach … (expletive) you,” according to MSNBC.

Defense denied new trial

Guandique’s attorneys requested a new trial after sentencing, which Judge Fisher denied. Guandique is said to have fled El Salvador after having attacked a woman there, which prosecutors offered as evidence of his preying on women. Defense attorneys argued that jurors had shared notes during a trial. The judge countered that even if it had taken place, it was a minor technical issue that had little to do with the evidence against him.

Sources

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/us/12levy.html

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41529499/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/11/us-levy-sentencing-idUSTRE71A58F20110211

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