Chandra Levy's killer Ingmar Guandique sentenced to 60 years in prison

More than nine years after former federal intern Chandra Levy disappeared, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Ingmar Guandique guilty of first-degree murder in her death.
Compiled by Justin Bank
Washington Post staff
Friday, February 11, 2011; 5:02 PM

The Chandra Levy murder trial came to a close on Friday:

Ingmar Guandique, 29, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted in November of two counts of first-degree felony murder, one related to Levy's kidnapping and the other related to trying to rob her.

On Friday, Judge Gerald I. Fisher sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

Before the punishment was handed down, Guandique stood up, paused, wiped his eyes and addressed the Levy family.

"I am sorry for what happened to your daughter," he said. "But I had nothing to do with it. I am innocent."

Levy's mother also spoke. Standing close to Guandique and reading from statements she, her husband and her adult son had submitted to the court, Susan Levy said: "Because of you, young man, you have caused us to live a Holocaust again. You have sentenced our entire family to days of sadness, tears and heartache. You are a hideous creature."

At times Levy addressed Guandique directly and pointed at him. "How could you take my daughter's life? Did you really take her life? Look me in my eyes and tell me."

Fisher calmly asked Susan Levy to address him and not Guandique. Shortly after, Levy finished her statement, turned again to Guandique and said, "[Expletive] you," before sitting down.

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Halle Shilling writes about her testimony against Guandique:

We fought. I got away. He went to jail, and I pretended to forget. Except eight years later my attacker, Ingmar Guandique, was charged with the murder of Chandra Levy, whose body I had surely run within yards of that day in the spring of 2001.

In every possible way, I had been helpful to the authorities - testifying before a grand jury, returning to the scene of the crime so the police could videotape me walking there, making vague excuses for having to skip the Halloween carnival at my children's elementary school, piecing together last-minute child care to cover the days when I would be away from home.

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