Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Chandra Levy Case Takes an Immigration Turn


Keith L. Alexander of the Washington Post reports that there is a new immigration twist to the saga of Chandra Levy, a student intern who was killed in 2001.

Ingmar Guandique, the man previously charged with the 2001 slaying of Levy, was released from jail this weekend and placed in the custody of immigration officials.  After the reliability of the testimony of a jailhouse informant who testified that Guandique confessed to the killing was put into question, prosecutors dismissed charges against him in the Levy case.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday that Guandique was in the agency’s custody and that he is awaiting a hearing in immigration court. Guandique, who is originally from El Salvador, was undocumented at the time he was charged in Levy’s death.   Due to his previous criminal convictions, he is considered a threat to public safety, and ICE intends to maintain him in custody,” an agency spokeswoman said in a statement. 

In 2002, Levy’s skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Washington. Guandique was found to be a suspect in Levy’s killing due to the fact that he had admitted attacking two women in the same park around the time of Levy’s disappearance. Levy was an intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared May 1, 2001. The intern’s disappearance and killing captured national attention when it was revealed that she had had an affair with then-Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), who was married and 30 years her senior.



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