Prosecutors in Levy case seek life
Prosecutors in the Chandra Levy murder trial asked a D.C. Superior Court judge to sentence Ingmar Guandique to life in prison without the possibility of release, the maximum prison term in the District.
In a memo to Judge Gerald I. Fisher Tuesday, prosecutors wrote Guandique "demonstrated predatory behavior that seems incapable of rehabilitation" and that Guandique "posed a grave danger" to the community.
Guandique, 29, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.
In November, a jury found Guandique guilty of two counts of first degree felony murder in the kidnapping and attempted robbery of Levy. Levy, 24, disappeared in the spring of 2001. Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park a year later. Guandique was charged with Levy's slaying while serving a 10-year prison sentence for attacking two women in the park around the same time Levy disappeared.
In the sentencing memo, prosecutors Amanda Haines, Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez and Chris Kavanaugh described events they say involved Guandique and other women -- examples that were not in evidence at trial. Prosecutors said Guandique had numerous improper encounters with women including attacking a woman at knifepoint in El Salvador before migrating to the U.S. when he was 19. While in prison, prosecutors said Guandique also wrote graphic letters with drawings to female insurance agents and masturbated in front of a female prison guard.
Guandique's attorneys have requested a new trial, arguing that prosecutors spent too much time on Guandique's past acts as opposed to evidence linking their client to Levy's slaying. Guandaique's attorneys also argued that jurors who heard the case did not follow the judge's instructions during deliberations and exchanged notes with each other.
Keith L. Alexander
| February 8, 2011; 6:50 PM ET
Categories: Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander
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