Prosecutors Seek Life Term for Chandra Levy Killer

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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The Case of Chandra Levy

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Guandique told Morales he intended to steal from Levy, not kill her, and that he was concerned other inmates might think he was a rapist because he was linked to the Levy investigation. (Courtroom sketch courtesy of Bill Hennessy.)

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Prosecutors said the man who killed D.C. intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Ingmar Guandique who is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life.

They said Tuesday in court papers that the illegal immigrant from El Salvador has a history of violence toward women that stretches to his years in that country.

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

Levy's disappearance became a national sensation in 2001 after she was romantically linked to then Congressman Gary Condit of California. Police initially focused on Condit as a suspect.

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