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Man gets 60 years for Chandra Levy murder

February 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The man convicted of killing DC intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago was sentenced on Friday to 60 years in prison.

Levy's mother, Susan Levy, asked Ingmar Guandique directly if he had been responsible for her daughter's death. He shook his head.

"Mr. Guandique, you are lower than a cockroach," Susan Levy told Guandique, before closing her statement by using the F-word.

Guandique, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, told the judge in Spanish that he was sorry for what happened. But, he added, "I had nothing to do with it. I am innocent."

A jury convicted Guandique of first-degree murder in Levy's 2001 disappearance and death, despite a lack of witnesses and no DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

Her disappearance drew widespread attention when she was romantically linked with Gary Condit, then a California congressman. Condit was initially suspected by police, but they later indicated they no longer believed he was involved.

A year after the disappearance, Levy's remains were discovered in Washington's Rock Creek Park, where she had gone jogging.

Guandique's request for a new trial was rejected even though his lawyers said he should get a new trial because jurors improperly shared notes in reaching a verdict.

In addition, prosecutors improperly appealed to the jury's emotions and facts that weren't part of trial evidence in making a graphic final statement, the lawyers had argued.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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