Chandra Levy’s Killer Sentenced to 60 Years
By SABRINA TAVERNISEFEB. 11, 2011
WASHINGTON — The man convicted of killing Chandra Levy — a 24-year-old government intern whose relationship with Gary A. Condit, a California congressman, made the murder case a national news sensation — was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison.
Judge Gerald I. Fisher of District of Columbia Superior Court chose not to impose the harshest sentence available, life in prison, on the defendant, Ingmar Guandique, 29, who was convicted in November of Ms. Levy’s murder. Ms. Levy disappeared in 2001, and her remains were found in Rock Creek Park here a year later.
The judge said he believed that Mr. Guandique was dangerous to society, particularly to women, and sentenced him to 60 years, double the minimum required.
“I think he is essentially a sexual predator,” Judge Fisher said. “The question is whether I conclude that he’s the worst of all the worst. I come close to that conclusion, but I don’t quite reach it.”
The case became one of the highest-profile unsolved murders in this city’s history, in part because it involved Mr. Condit, a Democrat representing California’s 18th Congressional District. Investigators later concluded that Mr. Condit, who was married at the time of Ms. Levy’s disappearance in May 2001, had not played any role in her murder, but the negative publicity ended his political career.