The father of Chandra Levy tells PEOPLE he is convinced Ingmar Guandique killed his daughter and says he is disappointed the illegal immigrant will likely be deported to his native El Salvador to live out his days as a free man.
“There’s nothing we can do,” a distraught Robert Levy tells PEOPLE. “Some person compromised the safety and integrity of the prosecution’s chief witness and now he’s going to be deported. That’s it.”
A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia obtained by PEOPLE says “recent unforeseen developments” led to Guandique’s dismissal on Thursday. The statement does not elaborate on what new evidence was discovered.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to respond to Robert Levy’s comments.
Levy says that prosecutors told him there was very little if anything they could do to move the case forward, since, he says, the lead detectives who handled Chandra’s homicide still believe Guandique is responsible.
This week’s setback reopens old wounds for Levy and his wife Susan, he says.
“It’s pretty bad,” he tells PEOPLE. “I can’t even tell you. We just want closure.”
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Chandra Levy was 24 when she vanished in 2001 while jogging. Her disappearance made national headlines after it was revealed Chandra had been romantically involved with then-California Rep. Gary Condit.
The married politician was identified as a suspect in the case early on, but police eventually ruled him out. A lawyer for Condit did not return calls Friday seeking comment.
At Guandique’s trial, prosecutors argued that Chandra’s death fit a pattern of attacks that Guandique had committed against female joggers. He had been convicted of assaulting two other women in Rock Creek Park around the time of Chandra’s disappearance.
After his conviction for Chandra’s murder, Guandique was sentenced to serve a 60-year prison term.
But Guandique’s conviction was overturned last year and prosecutors were preparing to try him a second time this fall.