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. Father Time

    Justin–the guy with the BIG imagination.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bengus81

    I think Limbaugh and O'Reilly had something to do with it just to frame Condit. See....I can make up bashing statements too.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul NYC

    Where does Gary Condit go to get his reputation back?

    November 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • b0bc4t

      He goes to confession to restore his reputation. He already confessed to his wife.
      This he did and does privately, not on the 24 hour news cycle, so we don't hear every excruciating detail.
      As for his public trust, the people posting above already show how futile that is..... and the voters have spoken!
      You can't un-shoot a bullet fired across the airwaves. Rest in Peace, Chandra.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vatech922

    I don't know all of the facts of the case, but based on what was given as evidence, I'd certainly say there was more than a reasonable doubt to say that this man was responsible. Maybe they figured he was their best option to finalize the case? Crazy.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gephard

    To all the idiots who said Condit did this: you fools are so blind, obviously Bush & Cheney are behind this murder, and they did a lousy job of trying to frame Condit.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • tricia

      HA!!! Too funny. Surprised that wasn't mentioned in the story!!

      November 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pancho

    Guandique is an Illegal Alien. Note to CNN, this is a fact and it is OK to report facts.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rgw1962

    Typical that liberal CNN would not point out that this guy is an ILLEGAL ALIEN! And people wonder why the liberal media has no credibility......

    November 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tricia

    Interesting, this story does not mention the fact he is here illegally...............

    November 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christina

    As many others have said I am a firm beliver Gary Condit had something to do with it and much more. we all know power and money go along way and can buy many things...

    November 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas

    Well we got the verdict.

    I wonder if he really is guilty?

    I hope the jury had much more evidence than what was published by the news media.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Algenonn

    They convicted this man with NO HARD EVIDENCE. Nothing linking him to the crime. Raxcism at its finest. I feel sorry for this poor immigrant. Yea hes attacked women but hes never killed one. To go out and find the best scapegoat the public could swallow This not only sickens me but Im afraid for my own freedom.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • nellie

      Sure, this poor innocent (illegal alien) attacked other women, but never killed one. That's no problem. Unless you're a woman. Attack on Levy fit his demonstrated pattern. Apparently this "poor innocent" (illegal alien) let things get out of hand this time. Opps. Hate when that happens.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PARROT


    November 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • b0bc4t

      Yeah, another INNOCENT Hispanic, who violated the country's law to arrive here, committed similar attacks in the same area, and confessed to another inmate, while serving an ASSAULT CONVICTION sentence. WOW! I am surely enlightened by your opinion. Find a pirate to poop on, rather than spew it here for all to step in!

      November 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff, an Independent

    Another crime committed by an Illegal Alien and CNN neglected to report that fact. I am shocked, shocked I say!

    November 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. allamerican

    I notice that CNN also FAILS to mention that this convivcted murderer is an ILLEGAL.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. allamerican

    let's see how the DEMS and LIBERALS spin this.....poor man just here looking for a better life, lets just make him a citizen and let the taxpayers pay for his college education..oh how wonderful the dream act will be...

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