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Ingmar Guandique has been found guilty on two counts of first degree murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001. Guandique now faces up to life in prison and will be sentenced on Feb. 11.

With no eye-witnesses or physical evidence linking Guandique to Levy's body, the prosecution's case relied on two things: a jailhouse confession to a fellow inmate and the pattern of attacks by Guandique on women jogging in Rock Creek Park.

Juror Linda Norton said the jury had all the evidence it needed to convict Guandique.

"All kinds of evidence. And we were in a very small room and we were with all of that evidence every day," Norton says.

When the verdict was announced shortly before 1 p.m., Chandra Levy's mother, Susan Levy, was in the court room. She looked down at her notepad, wrote something down, and then appeared to try and make eye contact with the defendant.

In a statement after the verdict was announced, Susan Levy said she has "a lifetime sentence of a lost limb, missing from our family tree. It's painful. I live with it every day and so do my son, my mother and other family members."

The 2001 disappearance of Chandra Levy made national headlines when her relationship with then Congressmember Gary Condit was revealed. Condit testified in this trial, denying he had anything to do with her death, but refusing to answer questions about their relationship.

The guilty verdict provides an answer to one of Washington's most infamous unsolved murders.

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