Robert Chambers, the "preppie killer" who served 15 years for the 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in Central Park, pled guilty this past week to selling cocaine and assault on a police officer. Chambers, who served the maximum sentence for strangling Jennifer Levin during what he characterized as "rough sex", was released from prison in 2003. During his original prison term, Chambers was cited for several violations, including drug possession. In November of 2004, Chambers was arrested after traces of heroin and cocaine were found in his car, which he was driving with a suspended license. He was then sentenced to an additional 100 days in prison.
During a three month undercover investigation, Chambers and his girlfriend apparently sold 246 grams of cocaine to police officers for $9,600 from a midtown New York apartment. When they were arrested last year, officers had to use a battering ram to enter the apartment, which was littered with 10 crack pipes and several tin cans of cocaine residue, among other drug paraphernalia. During a violent struggle with the police, Chambers broke one officer's wrist.
Under the plea deal, Chambers has been promised a sentence of 19 years and 4 months. Had he pled not guilty, he faced life in prison if convicted after trial. Chambers will be 62 years old when he completes his jail term in 2027.