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Chandra Levy’s Killer Sentenced

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Ingmar Guandique was sentenced Friday. In November, 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.

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge also rejected Guandique’s request for a new trial. His lawyers had argued Guandique should be granted a new trial because jurors improperly shared notes in reaching a verdict. They also argued prosecutors improperly appealed to the jury’s emotions and facts that weren’t part of trial evidence in making a graphic closing argument.

Levy was from the Los Angeles area and was a student at USC at the time of her death.

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