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.

Comments (3)
  1. J says:

    I’m not saying he did or didn’t do it. I just wish the prosecutors would stop using cellmate testimony as credible evidence. There was a case recently where the cell mate admitted to lying in several different cases because he needed the immunity for the charges he was facing. If you don’t have info to give, you don’t get immunity in your other case, it’s as simple as that. It’s a direct motive for someone to lie and the prosecutors don’t ask any questions because it makse their case. Who would think a criminial behind bars would be dishonest to get out of a harsh sentence. I’m not saying he didn’t do it, I’m just saying they should rely on evidence gathered to prove it and not some criminals testimony with something to gain. If they record it, that would be different, but that’s not usually the case in these situations.

  2. D. Bos. says:

    America needed someone to take the fall for “Gary Condit”!! Minorities don’t stand a chance in America when it comes to JUSTICE..

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