Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Preppie Killer get 19 Years

Yesterday the news hit that Robert Chambers, the so-called Preppie Killer, was sentenced to 19 years for selling coke to an undercover policeman and resisting arrest. We discussed his case before on Wordpress.

CNN reports that the 41-year-old Chambers pleaded guilty in exchange for the 19 years. The alternative was to face life in prison due to New York State's tough drug laws.

Chambers, now 41, became tabloid fodder in 1986 after the death of Jennifer Levin, an 18-year-old graduate of the exclusive Baldwin School, during a tryst in Central Park. The slaying made headlines as a story of a handsome, privileged prep school youth gone bad.

Chambers pleaded guilty in 1988 to manslaughter and was released from prison in 2003 after serving the maximum 15 years because of discipline problems behind bars, including dealing drugs.

What it amounts to is that Chambers was sentenced more harshly for selling coke and resisting arrest than he was for killing his girlfriend in Central Park. Something is wrong with that if you ask me. I know it's a complex problem, what to do with a guy like this, but this just isn't working for him and many others like him. In prison they get worse, not better. What kind of person will he be when he's released at 60 years of age?

What's your opinion?

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