updated 9/2/2008 5:29:05 PM ET 2008-09-02T21:29:05

The man known as New York's "preppie killer" for his looks and prep school background has been sentenced to 19 years in prison 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.

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

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