NYC 'preppie killer' gets 19 years on drug plea

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's "preppie killer" is heading back to prison: He's been sentenced to 19 years after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Robert Chambers was sentenced Tuesday after reaching an agreement last month in a drug deal and an assault on a police officer. He would have faced life in prison if convicted after trial.

The 41-year-old Chambers and girlfriend Shawn Kovell were arrested in October on charges of dealing cocaine. Kovell pleaded guilty in December; she was spared prison and allowed to enter rehab.

Chambers already was imprisoned for 15 years for strangling a young woman in Central Park during what he called rough sex. The slaying made headlines as a story of a handsome, privileged prep school youth gone bad.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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