Man once charged with killing Chandra Levy deported to El Salvador

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday that Ingmar Guandique, 35, was flown Friday to San Salvador and transferred to authorities in there.
A judge in 2015 granted Guandique a new trial. At his 2010 trial, another inmate, Armando Morales, testified that Guandique confessed to him that he had killed Levy. In 2016, prosecutors announced that they would no longer seek to retry Guandique, clearing the way for his deportation to his Central American homeland. But evidence emerged casting doubt on the truthfulness of Morales’ testimony.
Guandique’s conviction was overturned after a jailhouse informant’s testimony came under scrutiny.

A jury convicted Guandique of murder in 2010 for the death of Levy, whose 2001 disappearance became a national obsession after she was romantically linked to former congressman Gary Condit. Police in Washington at one point considered Condit a suspect, but later said they had cleared him.

(AP Photo/Debbie Noda, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said Guandique was flown Friday, May 5, 2017, to San Salvador and transferred to authorities there. In this May 28, 2002 pool-file photo taken at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif., photos of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians, right, stand by at the memorial service for Levy. Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran national, whose conviction in the slaying Levy was overturned has been deported.

When Guandique was charged in 2009 with Levy’s murder, he was already in prison for attacks on other women in Rock Creek Park in the nation’s capital, where Levy’s remains were eventually found.

WASHINGTON — A Salvadoran national whose conviction in the slaying of missing intern Chandra Levy was overturned has been deported.

President Donald Trump has frequently offered the MS-13 street gang as a rationale for his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. Officials said Guandique has been in ICE custody since June. The news release issued Monday described Guandique as “a documented MS-13 gang member” — an ICE video of his deportation shows the letters MS tattooed on the back of Guandique’s hand.