WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJZ) — For the first time since the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy was sentenced, her mother speaks out in an exclusive interview with CBS News.
Weijia Jiang reports she’s not fully convinced the right man is behind bars.
The man convicted of killing Chandra Levy almost 10 years ago will spend the next 60 years in prison.
On Friday, Ingmar Guandique, 29, was sentenced while Levy’s mother stood two feet away.
“It was emotional, it was very difficult, but at the same time the voice of my daughter, Chandra, and I had to represent all three of my family members. I did it out of my love for her,” said Susan Levy, victim’s mother.
In court Susan Levy called the Salvadoran immigrant a “hideous creature,” but on Monday morning, she admitted to a sliver of doubt he’s really guilty.
Guandique was convicted of Chandra’s first-degree murder in November, without witnesses or DNA evidence.
He was already serving time for attacking two other women in the same park where Levy’s remains were found and had told a cellmate of killing her.
“I always have that 5 percent not being sure. Ninety-five percent I’d like to believe the Justice Department is accurate, but there is that 5 percent,” said Levy.
Chandra Levy, who was a Washington intern, was romantically linked to then-California representative Gary Condit. Police initially focused on the politician as a suspect.
Mrs. Levy would not comment on that, but admitted she has no closure.
She does have advice for other families.
“It’s Valentine’s Day, but every day treasure your children, treasure each other,” said Levy. “Everyone hug and listen to your children.”
Levy’s remains were found in Rock Creek Park one year after she first disappeared.