Preppie killer not so nice to victim’s mom

Robert Chambers is coming up for parole in a matter of months.

You may not recognize the name at first, but in 1986 you couldn’t pick up a newspaper or watch a television newscast without seeing his name and face staring back at you.

Remember? He was dubbed the “Preppie Killer.”

Five years ago, Chambers was charged with murder after his 18-year-old girlfriend’s bruised body was found in Central Park.

Needless to say, she was dead.

Chambers pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter and is serving a 5- to 15-year sentence.

His statement in court was simply tear-jerking.

In fact, it wasn’t really his fault that he killed his girlfriend—he said he accidentally strangled her while the two were having sex and it simply got a little rough.

I guess he accidentally left her dead in Central Park as well.

During the trial, allegations flew in the courtroom, with Chambers accusing the victim of being a sort of “friendly” girl and enjoying the kind of rough play that ultimately led to her death. Unfortunately, the victim was not able to defend herself.

Anyway, Chambers has been spending the last several years with some new friends at a charming little New York prison. A bon voyage party could be in the making, however, if Chambers makes parole in February.

Chambers’ lawyer, Brian O’Dwyer, is already working hard to make his client a regular, run-of-the-mill, hard-working kind of guy once again.

The main focus, of course, is to show everyone what a great guy Robert Chambers really is.

O’Dwyer contends that his client is a do-no-wrong kind of inmate. Not only does he get good grades in his inmate classes (graduate level, I’m sure), but he even works in the prison laundry. Wow, his parents must be really proud.

I bet he even cleans his dinner plate, making sure to finish all of his vegetables and drink every last drop of his milk.

For some reason, however, O’Dwyer hasn’t been bragging about how little Robert was involved in a couple of drug smuggling incidents during his prison stay or his 1990 conviction after assaulting a prison employee. He got to serve four months in solitary confinement for that one.

Model prisoner, you say? I think I’d be safe in saying that more than a few people would beg to differ.

I saw the victim’s mother on Faith Daniel’s A Closer Look several months ago. She was still pretty shaken by the murder and understandably so.

Luckily, she found a way to help herself cope with the loss of her daughter. She founded a support group for families of murder victims and is fighting to try to give victims more rights in the judicial system.

In addition, she is doing whatever she can to make sure Chambers is not released from prison in February.

In fact, she already has started a petition to try to prevent it.

Basically, her opinion is that her daughter’s life was worth a whole lot more than a 5-year prison term.

Accident or not—I can’t say that I blame her.