November 22nd, 2010
12:41 PM ET

Man found guilty of murdering Chandra Levy

Washington intern Chandra Levy was killed in 2001.

[Updated at 12:41 p.m] A jury on Monday found Ingmar Guandique guilty of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001.

He was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder. He now faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Guandique is already serving time for attacks on two other women in the park.

Ingmar Guandique now faces a maximum sentence of life without parole.

[Posted at 11:56 a.m] The jury has reached a verdict in the case against the man charged with the 2001 killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

It is expected to be announced shortly.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Ingmar Guandique faces a sentence of life without parole. The jury could instead find him guilty of second-degree murder, which could mean 20 years to life.

Earlier, attorneys made their closing arguments in the case against Guandique, who denies he killed Levy, then an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

"She's been waiting nine years for justice," said prosecutor Amanda Haines, holding up for the jury a poster-sized photograph of the smiling young woman. "It's been nine years, but you need to say the words 'Ingmar Guandique is guilty.'"

Levy's mother was in the spectators' gallery, and at times looked close to tears as prosecutors brought out her daughter's clothing, found at the crime scene in 2002.

Haines told the jury, "You have a roomful of corroboration" for the circumstantial case against Guandique.

That includes the fact Guandique is serving time for two other attacks on women that prosecutors say closely resemble the one that led to Levy's death, she said. Both of those attack victims testified during the trial.

- CNN's Kelly Marshall Smoot contributed to this report.

soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Carol

    Sham! I will never believe Condit didn't have a hand in the murder..How about murder for hire?

    November 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TLB

      I'm with 100% .. I will always believe he had a hand in it.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      condit definitely had something to do with it. South Park knew this.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • scribble

      Guilty just announced in all charges

      November 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Condit has money and is well connected though, so he'll never see the inside of a jail cell.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Deaux

      You hit the nail on the head. I hope her death friggin haunts Mr. Condit for the rest of his life.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I totally agree. This guy is either the scapegoat or he was the hired hit man.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon Bendor

      From a story a few years back Levy's mother said she doesn't think authorities have done all they can to find her daughter's killer. "I think there were some mistakes in the beginning," she said...Though Condit has repeatedly denied his involvement in her daughter's disappearance, Levy believes he is still relevant to the case. She also thinks her daughter knew who killed her. "I'm a mother and like a mother lion I know what happened," she said about her instincts.

      Wow, turned out not so much. We should all bear this in mind when rushing to judge someone.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • carllznidiot

      you have absolutely no proof about Condit other than your own smug cynicism.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mw66

      Is there anything people won't invent conspiracy theories about? If you're going to do it use some imagination. Try to work the Illuminati into it.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • LouieD

      Why is that? Because some Republican windbag told you so?

      November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      me too!

      November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      You arm chair forensics experts all crack me up.

      Professional prosecutors, detectives, police and a jury hearing all the evidence are ALL wrong but you fools are are all correct because you all "know" that the politician you HATE must of done it, right?

      Too many made-for-TV movies and Perry Mason shows perhapsor just plain foolishness.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Just an illegal Salvadoran immigrant doing the crimes Americans won't do... why did CNN omit the fact he is an illegal Immigrant?

      November 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liza Null

      Condit's hands are bloody. Bloody, bloody, bloody.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snacula

      Where is the PHYSICAL evidence, jurors?? There is none. Sure, an illegal immigrant; sure, maybe killed someone else. BUT, in this case, they presented no physical evidence. I am not for illegal immigrants, but c'mon man– anyone with 5 common sense will tell you Condit was in on it somehow. Our government and it's henchmen are fully capable of making anyone disappear, and finding plenty of scapegoats along the way. As a citizen of America for my life of 42 years now, I am getting to know our governments judicial system is practically, if not completely, a failure. The ones who get big time, usually don't deserve it, and the ones who don't get big time, usually deserve to die. Innocent until proven guilty is a lie. There is one line that I like that they use, in which tells you exactly their line of thinking. And that is.......ANYTHING you say can AND WILL be used against you. Taking this line literally tells me that it includes your telling the truth, and them using it against you. Nice catch, huh?!?

      November 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The Justice System is not perfect- but when TRUTH hits you in the face.... ACCEPT IT!!!! And leave Condet alone!

      November 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff

      The slimy liberal had more than his hand in it!
      He took advantage of a girl young enough to be his daughter and then hung her out to dry.
      Piece of garbage. Glad his district got rid of him.
      He and his entire family are crooks and lived for years off the public.

      November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CRBean

      Yeah...I don't know about this "gang member" they found. He's a jerk and deserves to go to prison for the other attacks, but Levy still seems to lean towards the Condit side for me.

      November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Weird how CNN makes no mention of affair and Condit.

      November 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anita

    Someone spell scapegoat?

    November 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I agree he was the scapegoat. I don't have an information pointing to Condit but I don't think this guy, no matter how horrible he is did it.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Why Mary?

      November 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Take it from someone who lives in the DC area and got the hourly news updates: The cops put Condit thru the wringer on this one. Unless he's the best con-artist to ever walk this earth, he wasn't involved.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • kysthrnbelle

      @Dave, he is a politician, isn't he?

      November 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alicia

    I agree. This case is a huge cover-up.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • anne

      Alicia, do you have any factual evidence that Condit was involved? Or does it just make the story better for you personally? If this man is proven guilty, her parents should apologize to condit.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Who are you agreeing with?

      November 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anne

    I think it'll be a a hung jury or acquittal.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • FRAN

      No it won't...... he will get life without parole

      November 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Anderson

    There is a way of telling if Ingmar was hired you know, a good investigation and background check will normally tell if he really did it . A plea goes a long way.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. California Gold

    This story ran for weeks and weeks until 9/11. Over the years I have thought of her parents and loved ones. Nothing will ever heal their hurt and sooth their pain, but I hope the arrest, trial and verdict will help them. What the Levys have endured is just about my worst nightmare come true.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AKILEZ

    Condit didn't have a Motive to kill Chandra. if you have an extra marital affair that is the first thing you wlill not do. to kill your partner. Condit is innocent. resigned his post to save his family and reputation not to avoid justice.

    Only a loser can kill Chandra but not Condit

    November 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • fACTS

      I want to comment with the conspiacy theories that what Lee called "armchair forensic experts" above @ number 1, but I think, that won't make anymore sense, their brains had just puffed-out through their ears and covered their eyes.

      I agree with you and the guy who "just wondering" @ number 79.

      I agree both of you and

      November 23, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. CEW

    Or maybe it really was a random bad guy who just happened to pick someone involved with a Congressman. There are thousands of women like that in DC.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hollywood

    How the hell is this news? Just give us the god damn verdict already. The fact that there is a verdict is NOT news...

    November 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SnazzyGirl

    Condit did it!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • fACTS

      then don't just say it, prove it...in court!

      November 23, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    Condit was scrutinized to the millionth degree. If he had *any* involvement in this at all, no matter how small, they would have pinned it on him. Just because he had an affair with her doesn't mean he killed her.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • anne

      Amen, Bob!

      November 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • GorgeousBeautee

      My thoughts exactly, Everyone keeps saying Condit had something to do with it....I dont believe that at all because if he did, they would have put it on him!

      November 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • nellie

      People love a conspiracy. May she rest in peace now. Just glad this man is off the streets (and hope he remains so).

      November 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod C. Venger

      Was he really? Says who, the media? Suppose just the scandal was enough to force him out but there was no real investigation of him at all? Or he was given a pass because he was a congresscritter? (Remember Ted Kennedy?)

      One fact is not in dispute: another wetback realized the American Dream...a lifetime of support via US tax dollars.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CEW

    This blog is somewhat less than live.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jorgewashinson

    Why even mention the story until the verdict is announced?Commercial time I suppose.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Keith

    I think is guilty of other crimes but not this. I think the court should have investated Condit a little harder then what they did.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      I see, and you know how much they investigated right??? I mean you were there, and you read ALL the reports and how many man hours and men were on the case??? You know all this right??? Your another arm chair lawyer who knows nothing. Leave well enough alone unless you have evidence to the contrary. Frigging people will say anything to ruin a mans life.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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