A Salvadoran national convicted of the 2001 slaying of D.C. intern Chandra Levy —who later had his verdict overturned— has been deported back to his Central American homeland, according to officials.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials (ICE) told reporters on Monday that Ingmar Guandique, 35, who illegally entered the U.S. one year before Levy’s murder, was flown back to El Salvador and transferred to authorities last Friday.
Officials also claim that Guandique is a documented member of the notorious MS-13 street gang, as evidenced in the video of his deportation showing the letters MS tattooed on the back of his hand.
Levy’s missing person case attracted national attention in 2001 after it was discovered she was romantically involved with former congressman Gary Condit. Initially, authorities considered the congressman as a possible suspect in the case, but he was eventually ruled out and the focus shifted to Guandique.
At the time he was charged with Levy’s murder, Guandique had already served time in prison for attacks on other female joggers in the Rock Creek Park area near the nation’s capital, where Levy’s remains were uncovered.
A jury originally convicted Guandique of murder in 2010 in connection with Levy’s brutal killing, but the verdict was ultimately tossed out of the court when a jailhouse informant, Armando Morales, testified that the suspect confessed to killing Levy, but it was later found that he fabricated the story.
In 2015, another judge granted Guandique a new trial, but in 2016, prosecutors announced, clearing the way for him to be deported back to his native country.
“Mr. Guandique unlawfully entered the United States, and once here, continued to violate U.S. laws by assaulting innocent victims,” said U.S. ICE spokesman Matthew Munroe in a statement. “As a result of his actions, he has been removed to his home country of El Salvador.”
Ingmar Guandique is back in El Salvador after charges dropped in Chandra Levy murder
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