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Police Close to Charging California Prisoner in Chandra Levy Case (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,497964,00.html)
Police have interviewed and are close to charging a California prison inmate in the eight-year-old case of Chandra Levy, the federal intern who vanished and was found murdered a year later, a law enforcement official told FOX News on Saturday.
The official said Washington, D.C., authorities submitted evidence to the U.S. Attorney's Office to obtain an arrest warrant for Ingmar Guandique, who will be served papers in California and likely will be flown to Washington to hear the charges against him.
Guandique is in jail for assaultin
g two women in Washington's Rock Creek Park, according to a report earlier Saturday by WRC-TV in Washington. It's the same park where Levy's remains were found in 2002, the year after she vanished.
Another inmate told investigators that Guandique confessed to Levy's murder, according to WRC. But Guandique changed his story when speaking to investigators. He allegedly told police that he saw Levy several times in the park but played no part in her death.
Levy's parents, Robert and Susan Levy of Modesto, Calif., said Friday night that police told them there had been a break in the case, KXTV in Sacramento reported.
Levy, 24, of Modesto, Calif., had just completed an internship at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared from her apartment on May 1, 2001. Her remains were found about a year later.
The cause of death was ruled a homicide, but nobody ever was charged.
Levy was romantically linked to married California Rep. Gary Condit. He acknowledged to investigators
that they had an intimate relationship, but he denied any involvement in or knowledge of Levy's disappearance or death. Levy's parents also said their daughter had told them about the affair.
Though police never publicly named Condit a suspect, the negative publicity from the case was cited as the main cause of the Democrat's re-election defeat in 2002.
02-21-2009, 07:36 PM
I've known for years that this illegal alien scumbag killed the jewess.
02-21-2009, 08:26 PM
Chandra Levy Case: The Great White Defendant or the Usual Suspic?
by Steve Sailer
It appears that the D.C. police are finally going to arrest somebody in the 2001 murder of Congressional aide Chandra Levy in Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C. No, itís not the Great White Defendant, former Rep. Gary Condit (D-CA), who was having an affair with her. Rep. Condit captivated the attention of the police and media in 2001 and distracted from the pursuit of the real killer. It seemed like a Law & Order episode come to life!
No, the prime suspect now turns out to be another boring, depressing usual suspect. (Actually, this guy had been on the radar screen for years.)[Salvadorean Suspect - But Chandraís Killi
ng Unlikely To Be Solved By Sam Francis, VDARE.com, June 3, 2002] Last year, the Washington Postís reporters Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham and Sylvia Moreno took a look at the man the police are finally saying is most likely to have done it:
While D.C. police focused most of their investigative efforts on Rep. Gary Condit and his relationship to missing intern Chandra Levy, they were slow to recognize another lead. It involved a man who was attacking women in the woods of Rock Creek Park.
The day Chandra disappeared, May 1, 2001, Ingmar A. Guandique, a 19-year-old illegal Salvadoran immigrant, did not show up for his construction job. Around that time, he went to stay with his former landlady, Sheila Phillips Cruz, the manager of an apartment building on Somerset Place NW. Cruz noticed that Guandique looked like he had been in a bad fight, his face battered and bruised. He had a fat lip, a bloody blemish in his eye and scratches around his throat.
Guandique (pronounced GWAN-dee-keh
) had come from a hard-scrabble hamlet near the city of San Miguel in El Salvador. √ÉĘ√ĘĒö¨¶
Guandique wanted a better life in America. A friend of the family lent him $5,000 to pay a ďcoyote"Ě to smuggle him across the Texas border with more than 50 others. The seventh-grade dropout left home in January 2000, eventually swimming across the Rio Grande, crossing the border near Piedras Negras and arriving in Houston in March 2000. From there, he made his way to Washington to join his half-brother, Huber, and other family friends.
Within a month, Guandique began picking up day jobs on construction sites and sending small amounts of money back home. He also had financial obligations to the family that paid his way. And he had another obligation: his ex-girlfriend, who was pregnant when Guandique left and later gave birth to a boy.
In fall 2000, Guandique met a new girl, Iris Portillo. √ÉĘ√ĘĒö¨¶
Guandique was having a hard time adjusting to living on the bottom rung of the American economy. H
e barely spoke English. He was not used to the routine: waking up at dawn, getting to the work site on time, spending the day toiling at a menial job. He struggled to pay the bills, send money home and buy the nice things Portillo wanted.
In early spring 2001, Guandique started to spend more time drinking and hanging around Rock Creek Park. He began to carry a six-inch knife wrapped in a red cloth. After finding letters from one of Portilloís old boyfriends from El Salvador, he struck her. He once bit her hard above her breast, leaving a scar, and he warned her not to stray.
He attacked at least two other joggers in Rock Creek Park in 2001:
- ďHalle Shilling, 30, a tall, blond, athletic aspiring writer"Ě
- ďChristy Wiegand and her fiance were jogging in the northern section of Rock Creek Park. It had been raining on and off all day. Wiegand, 25, a former varsity rower at Princeton and a recent Cornell University Law School graduate
, was an anti-trust lawyer for Arnold & Porter. Her wedding date was seven weeks away. She was tall and blond, her 5-foot-11 frame moving steadily along the trail, wearing her Walkman. Her fiance ran ahead and was soon out of sight."Ě
Itís a good article about the wildly different worlds of D.C., where Rock Creek Park serves as a border between two worlds.
The Condit connection should seem familiar to readers of Raymond Chandler detective novels, where a dead body leads to all sorts of embarrassing revelations about big shots as collateral damage. A dead body with a hole in it demands attention, and winds up shining a light on the private lives of people who didnít kill anybody, but were tangentially involved with the victim.
It shouldnít have taken until 2009 to arrest Guandique. Amy Keller wrote in Salon way back in 2002:
But while my colleagues speculated on the proximity of Conditís Adams Morgan apartment to the section of park where Levyís body was recovered on Ma
y 22, I wondered if the location of her body might point to another possibility: Perhaps Levy really was the victim of a random attack. I know the trepidation I feel each time I jog or bike along the park trails near my own neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington. The charming, leafy streets here are deceptive; Washington has its high crime areas, some just blocks from where members of Congress live in opulent brownstones.
I took a straightforward approach, and clicked through news databases, searching through stories about other crimes that might have been committed in the park. Eventually, I clicked my way to Ingmar Guandique.
Guandique is serving out a 10-year sentence in federal prison for brutally attacking two young women along the Broad Branch trail last May and July. Thatís the same section of Rock Creek Park where Levy was found. She had gone missing in May of 2001.
I knew I had a good story on my hands. But I had no idea that once I published it, other reporters following
the Levy investigation would question my motives, or accuse me of being a pawn of Gary Condit.
Expose Them All
04-22-2009, 05:44 PM
Suspect Charged With Murder in Chandra Levy Case
Suspect in Chandra Levy slaying charged with first-degree murder in DC (http://www.abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=7401977)
Nearly eight years after federal intern Chandra Levy's disappearance, the man accused of killing her was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.
Ingmar Guandique, 27, was expected to have his initial court appearance Thursday in District of Columbia Superior Court. A D.C. police arrest warrant issued last month accuses him of sexually assaulting and killing Levy on a trail in Rock Creek Park in May 2001. The Modesto, Calif., native's remains were found in the Washington park a year later.
The illegal immigrant from El Salvador had been serving a 10-year sentence in California for a separate assault. He was brought to the D.C. police department la
te Wednesday in a dark Chevrolet sedan, and escorted into the building by three detectives. Handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit, Guandique walked with his head down. A reporter asked if he had anything to say, but the prisoner did not respond.
When he left the building 1 1/2 hours later, reporters asked more questions and photographers scrambled to get a shot of him. Visible on Guandique's neck was a tattoo referencing the MS-13 gang.
05-27-2009, 02:07 PM
Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Levy
Modesto Resident Slain In 2001
POSTED: 9:27 am PDT May 27, 2009
UPDATED: 10:47 am PDT May 27, 2009
WASHINGTON -- A man accused of killing Modesto resident Chandra Levy in Washington, D.C., has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Ingmar Guandique, 27, was arraigned Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court on six counts, including murder, kidnapping and attempted sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.
A judge set a two-week jury trial for Jan. 27. A status hearing is set for July 31.
Levy, who was working as a federal intern, disappeared in May 2001, and her remains were f
ound in Rock Creek Park a year later.
Guandique has been serving a 10-year sentence for two other attacks in the same park.
07-14-2010, 01:18 PM
Picture of suspect and victim at link below...
Sorry, I couldn't get photo to copy over to page..:(
Levy Homicide Suspect Gets Day Out of Jail
Suspect's writing samples needed
By ANDY SALSMAN
Updated 2:16 PM EDT, Wed, Jul 14, 2010
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AP The man charged with killing Chandra Levy is out of jail today. But not to worry, itís just for the day, and heíll be supervised the whole time.
Ingmar Guandique was let out of the D.C. Jail to provide authorities with a handwriting sample.
Prosecutors said they have notes or letters they believe Guandique wrote. Those writings include threats to witnesses and an admission about the murder of Levy in 2001. Guandique pleaded guilty last December to charges that he threatened a witness in the case.
He must be returned to jail by 5 p.m. today.
07-17-2010, 11:05 PM
Suspect in Levy slaying deemed an 'extreme flight risk'
By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Friday under heightened security after marshals told the judge that the suspect is considered an "extreme flight risk."
Levy suspect deemed an 'extreme flight risk'
Special report: Who Killed Chandra Levy?
Two additional federal marshals were posted at the door of Judge Gerald I. Fisher's courtroom after one told him that Ingmar Guandique, the man police and prosecutors say killed Levy in Rock Creek Park in 2001, recently tried to escape from his restraints.
Marshals were reluctant to release Guandique's hands from his shackles. But Fisher ordered them to release one of Guandique's hands so he could take notes during the hearing and communicate with his attorneys.
During the hearing, Guandique's defense team suffered a blow when Fisher ruled that he would allow testimony during the trial about Guandique's prior convictions. When Guandique was arrested last year, he was serving a 10-year sentence in a federal prison for attacking two women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park about the time Levy, 24, disappeared. Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was charged with multiple counts in the Levy case, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and sexual abuse.
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02-11-2011, 11:22 AM
Illegal migrant - Ingmar Guandique - gets 60 years for murder of Chandra Levy (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41529499/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/)
The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison. In November, a jury convicted Ingmar 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.
Levy's mother, Susan Levy, asked 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.
07-14-2015, 07:38 AM
Man Convicted In D.C. Intern Death: ĎRelease Me Before Re-Trialí
July 14, 2015 10:10 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) ó Lawyers for a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy are expected to ask he be released while waiting to be re-tried.
Ingmar Guandique is scheduled to return to court Tuesday for a hearing.
Guandique was convicted in 2010 but his attorneys pushed for a new trial because they said a key witness in the case gave false or misleading testimony. Prosecutors said in May that they believe the juryís verdict was correct but would no longer oppose the new trial request. A judge formally granted the new trial request in early June. It is set for 2016.
Levyís 2001 disappearance created a national sensation after the 24-year-old California native was romantically linked with then-U.S. Rep. Gary Condit. Condit, a California Democrat, was ultimately ruled out as a suspect.
07-28-2016, 02:59 PM
Charges dropped in Chandra Levy murder
(CNN)Prosecutors have dismissed murder charges against a man accused in the death of Chandra Levy, a Washington, D.C., intern whose 2001 disappearance created national headlines.
Federal prosecutors said they can no longer prove a case against Ingmar Guandique because of "recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week," Bill Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, said Thursday in a news release. He did not specify what the developments were.
Levy's mother, Susan Levy, told CNN she was "totally in a state of shock."
"I am sick to my stomach and am having trauma and grief all over again," she said.
Levy had no comment when asked what the government told her about dropping the charges but hopes prosecutors will "put the information out there."
"We all want our truth," she said. "I want to make sure we find out the truth. My husband and I hope that justice is found for our family."
Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison after being convicted in 2010 of killing and robbing Levy. Guandique's lawyers appealed the conviction and questioned the credibility of prosecution witness Armando Morales, a convicted felon and former gang member who testified that Guandique confessed to him that he killed Levy.
A judge granted a new trial in May 2015. Miller said prosecutors will not pursue the retrial.
Levy, a 24-year-old California native, was in Washington working as an intern for the Bureau of Prisons when she was last seen on May 1, 2001. Her skull was found over a year later, on May 22, 2002, in Washington's Rock Creek Park.
Levy's disappearance gained national attention after her parents discovered a connection between her and Gary Condit, who was then a congressman for Levy's California district. Condit was never a suspect in the case, but he and Levy were romantically linked and Condit was questioned intensively about Levy's whereabouts.
Police arrested Guandique in February 2009. He was then serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two other women in the park.
Miller said that Guandique will be released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he faces deportation proceedings.
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