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. What in the world

    Thank god that justice is being served. The reality of predators is that the next story could be of your children. The previous commentators wouldnt say such terrible things if it was their child. This man is dangerous and has attacked women before. We need to wake up, pay attention and work together to protect those from MEN like this..if you can say such negative things you must be really hurting and are no better than the perpetrator. I hope peace comes to the Levy family

    November 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CEW

      I thought a lot of the negativity was directed towards Condit, not the victim.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    nobody cares anymore

    November 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • empathy

      A person died. She had family and friends that loved her deeply. Imagine that happening to someone you care about and then reconsider your post. Good luck looking in the mirror without feeling guilty today. You have displayed some very immature and juvenile behavior. You may be a good person. I won't judge you. However, your comment was uncalled for and pointless.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Som Ting Wong

    Such a shame it is has taken 9 years. At least, they seem close to closing the case, except for the 10000000000 appeals.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. huxley

    Few cases have ever rested on so little (or no) evidence. That this even went to trial is silly.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edgy DC

    Wait a minute. Guandique has a record of a string of attacks of woman in that area of the park. Was that all part of the coverup? "Attack a few more, Ingito, that way it'll look like just a random crime of lust."

    Come on. He's wa a BS congressman - one of several hundred - long since out of office. He's not an uberpowerful puppetmaster able to manipulate police departments both federal and local, as well as prosecutors.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. my new daughter

    It's a new movie with Kevin Cosner. Explains this story. The devil killed her.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chopswell

    Condit's Fall Guy. Period. Meanwhile, he's a happy politician...doing what politicians only know how to do in this country anymore. Lie, Cheat, Steal and Murder.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Condit isn't a politician anymore.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • fACTS

      I think you need to do more research to chop it well.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Edgy DC

    "wow: nobody cares anymore"

    Really?

    November 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lana

    I think he's guilty because he violently attacked two other women. It's a pattern of behavior.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mickey

    Keith, you and the rest of the conspiracy theorists should spend the rest of your days "investatating" Condit. Good use of your time.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew Davis

    You all are ignoring the 1 important thing. And Hollywood was dead on. How is this even news? The news is the verdict. Not that there is a verdict. This is just CNN's way of wasting more space in the world!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Faygelah

    With everything going on in the world, CNN is spending valuable space on the non-story that there's a verdict. No wonder people vote for idiots like Palin and Bachmann and Rand Paul!

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

      Umm voting for people who actually know what they are doing (unlike the crap we have in office now) has nothing to do with a sht site like CNN posting non news!

      November 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew Davis

    Real news, like today is the 47 anniversary of the assasination of John F. Kennedy!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robear in Ojai

    I wish we cared as much for justice to be brought to the families of innocent men and women killed by our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of them.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liza Null

      Who is going to bring JUSTICE to the tens of thousands of Afghans?

      November 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob green

      what?

      November 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew Davis

    FYI the verdict is GUILTY! Haha I one upped CNN!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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