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Robert Chambers says he doesn’t expect to be paroled

January 11, 1997

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Robert Chambers told prison officials he didn’t expect to be paroled for the infamous ``Preppie Murder″ in Central Park because of political pressure, according to documents released Friday.

He also said he’s been accepted into law school and turned down a $1 million offer for an interview.

Chambers said he almost skipped a Dec. 17 parole hearing, feeling there was immense political pressure to keep him behind bars for all of his five- to 15-year prison sentence for the 1986 slaying.

``I am at the point where I would rather have you just tell me, `Listen, you are going to max out in 2003 ...′ It would be that much easier ... on everybody involved, that’s how I feel. I would like to go home, sure. Do I expect it? No,″ Chambers said, according to transcripts of the parole hearing.

The board denied Chambers parole later that day, citing the violent nature of his offense and his poor prison record.

Chambers, 30, also said he’s grown since his conviction on manslaughter charges in the 1986 slaying of Jennifer Levin in Central Park. He expressed remorse for her death, and said he wants to study law.

Chambers met the 18-year-old Levin at a bar on New York’s Upper East Side. Early in the morning of Aug. 26, 1986, they left the tavern and walked behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

At his trial, Chambers said the woman was fatally injured during ``rough sex.″

In December, Chambers said he was ``being used as a political pawn for people and I am tired of it.″ He singled out state Attorney General Dennis Vacco, who had publicly asked the parole board to keep Chambers in prison.

Jennifer’s mother, Ellen Levin, said Friday that Chambers’ real problem was that he committed a heinous crime. ``He’s his own worst enemy, and as usual he’s blaming everyone else,″ she said.

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