WASHINGTON — The man convicted of killing former federal intern Chandra Levy was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday, putting an end to one of Washington's most sensational murder cases.
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.
At the time of her disappearance in 2001, Levy was reportedly having an affair with Rep. Gary Condit, a married congressman from California, and the murder case attracted national attention.
On Friday, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher sentenced Guandique 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."
She closed her statement with: "(expeletive) you."
Guandique just looked at her with his head down, listening on a headphone as a Spanish translator interpreted the hearing.
Fisher called the killing a "truly horrible crime" and called Guandique a "dangerous person."
"Dangerous to women, in particular," the judge said. "And will be a danger for some time. He's a sexual predator."
Prosecutors had asked Fisher to sentence Guandique to life in prison without parole. They said he had numerous improper encounters with women, including attacking a woman at knifepoint in El Salvador before migrating to the United States when he was 19.