WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An illegal immigrant denied killing federal intern Chandra Levy in a Washington park as he was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday.
Ingmar Guandique, 29, told Susan Levy he did not kill her daughter, WJLA-TV reported. Levy asked him the question in her victim impact statement and called him "lower than a cockroach."
Chandra Levy, an intern in the Bureau of Prisons, vanished in 2001, two weeks after her 25th birthday. The case attracted national attention because she had been having an affair with Gary Condit, a Democratic congressman who represented the California district where her family lived, and he became a suspect in her disappearance.
A dog walker found skeletal remains in Rock Creek Park a year later.
Guandique became a suspect because he had been convicted of attacking women in the park. The only direct evidence at his trial connecting him to the killing was testimony from a jailhouse informant who said Guandique admitted the killing.
"I am sorry," he told Susan Levy, speaking in Spanish. "I'm very sorry for what happened to your daughter. But I had nothing to do with it. I am innocent."
Prosecutors also presented evidence Guandique attacked a woman in El Salvador before coming to the United States when he was 19.