National briefs: 2/12/11

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60 years in Levy slaying

WASHINGTON -- The man convicted of killing former federal intern Chandra Levy was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday in D.C. Superior Court, putting an end to one of Washington's most sensational murder cases.

Ingmar Guandique, 29, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted in November of two counts of first-degree felony murder, one related to Levy's kidnapping and the other related to trying to rob her.

On Friday, Judge Gerald I. Fisher sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

Before the punishment was handed down, Mr. Guandique stood up, paused, wiped his eyes and addressed the Levy family.

"I am sorry for what happened to your daughter," he said. "But I had nothing to do with it. I am innocent."

Ms. Levy's mother also spoke. After she finished her statement, Susan Levy turned again to Mr. Guandique and uttered an expletive at him before sitting down.

'Geezer bandit' has fans

LOS ANGELES -- Entrepreneurs are printing surveillance shots of his wrinkled face on T-shirts, thousands of people "Like" him on Facebook and many are wishing him continued success at evading the law.

To his legion of fans, the "Geezer Bandit" is a bank-robbing old man with a quirky nickname whose popularity only seems to grow with each heist. But authorities say he is an armed and dangerous menace who leaves bank tellers terrified and could strike at any time. He might even be someone younger disguised under a lifelike special-effects mask.

And for now at least, the aging robber is showing no signs of retiring; authorities believe he has robbed 13 banks.

Going back to Hollywood

LOS ANGELES -- After seven years in the California governor's mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting.

Mr. Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he's ready to start considering film roles again.

The former governor tweeted Thursday night: "Exciting news. My friends at CAA [Creative Artists Agency] have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today."

Mr. Schwarzenegger's personal aide, Daniel Ketchell, confirmed the tweet Friday morning.

BP settles 2,000-plus claims

WASHINGTON -- The administrator of the BP escrow fund will settle more than 2,000 claims of damage from last year's oil spill from hotels, oystermen, condominium owners and others from Louisiana to Florida. Individual payments will range from $10,000 to $30 million, according to a lawyer for the claimants.

The claimants who will get payments include small-time oystermen, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and the upscale Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, said Daniel Becnel, a Louisiana lawyer who helped negotiate the deals. Payments will also go to 900 condominium owners and 50 commercial establishments such as hotels, motels and restaurants.

Man dies outside hospital

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The death of an Oregon man just feet from an emergency room has left his family in grief, upset police and drawn a request for an investigation from a congressman, all asking why an officer was told to call 911 for a heart attack victim just outside the hospital door.

Two officers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation while a third went to the ER intake desk.

Judy Leach, a hospital spokeswoman, said emergency room staff was told it was a car crash -- Birgilio Marin-Fuentes, 61, had crashed his car into a pillar and wall in the hospital parking garage -- and they were following the proper protocol by instructing police to summon an ambulance crew. When the ambulance arrived, the crew wheeled Mr. Marin-Fuentes the short distance to the ER aboard a gurney.

Also in the nation ...

The Ohio Parole Board on Friday rejected clemency for Johnnie Baston, the condemned killer of a storekeeper who was shot in the head, even as the victim's family remains steadfast in its opposition to his execution. ... A federal judge sentenced Michael Scanlon, a onetime media aide to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, to 20 months in prison Thursday, crediting him with serving as a key government witness in the unraveling of the corruption scandal surrounding the congressman and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

-- Compiled from news services



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