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'Anger and Sadness': Questions Linger 15 Years After Chandra Levy Slaying

Chandra Levy, 24, was killed in 2001 while working as a federal intern in Washington, D.C.

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    Fifteen years after Washington intern Chandra Levy was killed and her body dumped in the woods, the pain is still fresh.

    "He's got tremendous anger. I have tremendous sadness," said Levy's mother, Susan, who joined her husband for an interview with NBC's "Today" show. "The anger and sadness is really the same."

    Levy, 24, a California native, disappeared May 1, 2001 while interning for the federal government in Washington, D.C. Her body was found a year later in a densely wooded area of Rock Creek Park.

    The case captivated the nation amid allegations of an affair between Levy and her hometown congressman, Gary Condit. Even her father speculated about the relationship and Condit's possible involvement in the case.

    "Girls have their own minds, especially if they're seduced by someone who is older and wiser," Robert Levy said in an interview at the time.

    Condit was quickly ruled out, but his career suffered a fatal blow. The congressman sought re-election but lost his seat in 2002.

    Attention later turned to Ingmar Guandique, an immigrant from El Salvador who, according to his one-time cellmate, confessed while in prison to killing Chandra Levy. Guandique was serving 10 years for attacking two other women in Rock Creek Park.

    He was charged with Chandra Levy's murder in 2009 and convicted in 2010 in a case based largely on circumstantial evidence. Although sentenced to 60 years in prison, questions about the validity of his cellmate's claims earned Guandique a retrial, set to begin this October.

    "As far as I can see, it's just some defense attorneys trying to make themselves a name and make more money," Robert Levy told the "Today" show. "You know, he's guilty."

    Regardless of what happens when the case goes back to court, Chandra Levy's parents will continue to grieve.

    "No matter what, we don't get our daughter back," Susan Levy said.