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Girlfriend of 'preppie killer' gets rehab deal

December 07, 2007|From the Associated Press

NEW YORK — The girlfriend of a man dubbed the "preppie killer" pleaded guilty Thursday to selling cocaine in a deal that sends her to a drug rehabilitation center.

Shawn Kovell, 39, said in state Supreme Court that she and Robert Chambers sold narcotics to an undercover detective in August.

Justice Charles Solomon told Kovell that if she completes the program, he will let her withdraw the guilty plea and plead to a lesser charge so she can receive a sentence of probation.

Chambers, who is jailed without bail, has pleaded not guilty to the drug charges.

Chambers, 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 was splashed across the headlines as the 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.

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