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U.S. Atty’s Office Says Chandra Levy Killer Poses “Grave Danger” to Community; Asks for Life Sentence

Ingmar Guandique

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It hardly comes as a surprise that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking a judge to sentence Chandra Levy’s killer to life in prison without parole.

The Washington Post reports that the prosecutors, in asking for a life sentence,  wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday that convicted killer Ingmar Guandique, 29, “demonstrated predatory behavior that seems incapable of rehabilitation” and he “posed a grave danger” to the community.

Sentencing is set for Friday for Guandique, who was convicted in November of killing Levy, 24, who vanished in 2001. Her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington a year later. Charges were filed against Guandique while he was in prison serving a 10 year sentence for attacking two woman in that park the same year Levy disappeared.

Chandra Levy

The sentencing memo written by prosecutors Amanda Haines, Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez and Chris Kavanaugh also noted that Guandique had attacked a woman at knifepoint in El Salvador before coming to the U.S. at age 19 and that he masturbated in front of a female prison guard, the Post reported.

Guandique’s attorney’s have asked for a new trial.

Prosecutor: Chandra Levy Deserves Justice

Chandra Levy

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — The nine-year march down a tortuous path toward justice for the Chandra Levy family, prosecutors and investigators came down to final arguments today in D.C. Superior Court in the murder trial of an illegal immigrant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines, armed with no physical evidence to speak of, told jurors to use common sense and convict Ingmar Guandique, 29, of murder in Levy’s death .Haines pointed to his history — convictions for two assaults on joggers in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington in close proximity to where Levy’s skeletal remains were found one year after her disappearance, according to an account in The Washington Post.

And Haines mentioned the testimony of Guandique’s cellmate, who said Guandique confessed to killing Levy. Guandique pleaded guilty in 2002 to attacking the two joggers and received a 10-year sentence.

“She’s been waiting nine years for justice,” Haines told jurors of Levy. “Just because it’s been nine years coming doesn’t mean it should be denied.” She called the slaying “ghastly.”

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Gary Condit Refuses to Discuss Relationship with Slain Intern Chandra Levy

Gary Condit in a desposition in 2004/CBS

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ex-California congressman Gary A. Condit,graying and looking far less youthful than he did nine years ago, took the witness stand Monday in D.C. Superior Court in the murder trial of Chandra Levy and refused to discuss his relationship with the slain intern.

The Washington Post reports that he was asked at least three times if he’d had an intimate relationship with Levy, but he refused to go down that path, as he has in the past. Investigators during the investigation linked the DNA from semen in Levy’s underwear to Condit, who is now 62 and lives in Arizona.

“I don’t believe it’s relevant,” Condit said at one point while on the stand, according to the Post. “I am not going to respond to that question out of privacy for myself and Chandra.”

Ingmar Guandique, 29, has been charged in Levy’s 2001 death. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two joggers in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington, not far from where Levy’s skeletal remains were found in 2002.

The Post reported that Condit did testify that he didn’t kill Levy and he had nothing to do with her disappearance. He called her a friend and constituent.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which handles both federal and local crimes in the District.

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Ex-Congressman Linked to Chandra Levy Writing a Book

Allan Lengel, editor of ticklethewire.com, covered the first two years of the Chandra Levy investigation  for the Washington Post.

Gary Condit/CBS

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

In a law office in an upscale section of Los Angeles, an unfinished yet potentially explosive book manuscript by a controversial figure, former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, sits in a safe.

“I’ve read it. I think it’s one of the most dramatic stories I’ve read,” said Condit’s attorney and spokesman, Bert Fields, whose safe holds the tantalizing manuscript — Condit’s account of his drama after being linked to intern Chandra Levy. “It’s a Shakespearean drama.”

Condit was once a politically invincible congressman from Central California, but his career imploded after he was romantically linked to the 24-year-old Levy. But Condit, 62, is returning to the limelight as jury selection gets under way this week in D.C. Superior Court for the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the illegal immigrant accused of killing Levy.

Chandra Levy

Stories mentioning Condit’s name are suddenly popping up. And on Monday, the first day of jury selection, prosecutors mentioned some names that might surface during trial — and Condit’s was one of them.

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Investigators in Chandra Levy Case Wrote Letters Under Fake Female Name to Suspect

Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Investigators wrote letters to the accused murderer of intern Chandra Levy, posing as  a woman, hoping to get a confession, the Washington Post reported. They never got a confession.

Still, the defense team raised the issue Thursday in a pretrial hearing in D.C. Superior Court, and unsuccessfully tried to get the judge to dismiss the charges, saying D.C. police orchestrated the “ruse” and made contact with the client, Ingmar Guandique, without going through his attorneys — a violation of his rights, the Post reported.

“We don’t know if this action was hatched with the assistance of prosecutors or done by police alone,” defense attorney Santha Sonenberg said, according to the Post. “Knowing [Guandique] had asserted his attorney rights and did not want to talk about it, is offensive.”

Judge Gerald Fisher did not dismiss the charges, but said he would review the matter to determine if he should take action, the Post said. Trial is set for Monday.

The Post reported that the officers wrote the letters to Guandique in prison under the name “Maria Lopez” between 2004 and 2005, but Guandique never confessed to anything, the Post reported.

Guandique, 29, is already serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two women in Rock Creek Park in 2001.

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U.S. Atty’s Office Tries to Block Polygraphs in Upcoming Chandra Levy Trial

Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The polygraph issue is a messy one.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking that the judge in the upcoming Chandra Levy murder on Oct. 18 block two polygraph exams from being introduced into evidence, the Washington Post reports.

A major problem, prosecutors contend, was that the polygraph exams weren’t given by a bilingual examiner and instead were done by an interpreter, a method considered far less effective and reliable.

According to a filing in D. C. Superior Court, prosecutors say defendant Ingmar Guandique, 29, took a polygraph test Feb. 4, 2002 and was asked whether he was involved in the disappearance of Chandry Levy, whose skeletal remains were found a couple months later in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington, the Post reported.

Guandique responded “no” and the polygraph examiner found he was “not deceptive,” the Post reported. The test was given while Guandique was in prison for attacking two joggers in Rock Creek park.

The other exam involves an inmate who claims Guandique told him he stabbed Levy and was paid $25,000 by now ex-Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.).

The polygraph examiner found the witness was being deceptive, the Post reported.

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Witness in Chandra Levy Case Was Sexually Assaulted in Prison by Suspect

Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office is gearing up for an Oct. 18 trial in the slaying of intern Chandra Levy in 2001.

The latest in the case came Monday when prosecutors told a D.C. Superior Court judge that Ingmar Guandique,29, the man charged in the murder, sexually assaulted a fellow inmate who is expected to testify as a key government witness, the Washington Post reported.

The witness is expected to testify that Guandique told him that he murdered a woman in Washington and “tied her down” and “hog tied” her before sexually assaulting her, the Post reported.

The Post reported that prosecutors expect the defense to argue that the witness, who was not named, was biased against Guandique because of the sexual assault in prison.

Guandique is currently serving a 10-year sentence for assaulting two women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington where Levy’s skeletal remains were found one year after she disappeared.

The trial is being held in the city’s criminal court.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. handles criminal cases in both the federal and city courts.

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Nine Years Later, a Book on the FBI and D.C. Police Probe into Slain Intern Chandra Levy

Back in 2001, when I was a reporter for the Washington Post, I started working on a story about a missing intern named Chandra Levy. For a while, I worked day and night, and even went to California for three weeks to work on the story. Then came Sept. 11, 2001, and the story vanished, only to resurface in May 2002 when her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington. Now 9 years later, former colleagues Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz, who have doggedly pursued the story, have written a book on the case called “Finding Chandra: A True Washington Mystery”. Here’s part of the story, an adaptation of the book. Allan Lengel

chandra book

By Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — The three D.C. detectives traveled 3,000 miles with a carefully crafted plan.

At a sand-colored, maximum-security federal prison on the edge of the Mojave Desert, they prepared to interview the man they suspected of raping and murdering Washington intern Chandra Ann Levy. It was Sept. 9, 2008.

For seven years, Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant with a penchant for violence toward women, had eluded the police and FBI as a viable suspect in the city’s most famous unsolved murder. The original detectives failed to connect him to the crime that captured the attention of the nation during the summer of 2001 with its subplots of sex and scandal and the possibility that a member of Congress might have been involved.

Now it was up to the new detectives. They put their plan into play. They took a sample of Guandique’s DNA and, bluffing, told him they expected it would match DNA collected during the murder investigation.

“So what if I touched her?” Guandique said.

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