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Convicted murderer gets 60 year sentence in Chandra Levy case

Chandra Levy is shown in this undated handout photo from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. REUTERS/Metropolitan Police Department/Handout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Convicted murderer Ingmar Guandique was sentenced on Friday to 60 years in prison for the death of former federal intern Chandra Levy, a court official said, capping off a controversial, decade-long case.

In November, Guandique, a 29-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, was convicted on two counts connected to Levy’s death.

Levy disappeared on May 1, 2001, launching a wide search that turned up few details about her whereabouts but did bring allegations the 24-year-old Levy had an affair with then-Congressman Gary Condit of California.

The married Condit acknowledged having a “close relationship” with Levy but maintained he had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.

Despite never being named a suspect, media coverage of the investigation contributed to his reelection loss in 2002.

Levy’s largely decomposed remains were found in Washington’s Rock Creek Park a year after she disappeared but the investigation went cold.

Not until 2009 did police charge Guandique, who was already imprisoned for attacking other women in the same area Levy went missing.

Police came under criticism for a number of missteps early in the investigation, including initially focusing on Condit rather than Guandique.

Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Nortonx