Phil Spector Gets 19 To Life
May 29, 2009 at 12:06 PM (PT)
Eccentric music producer PHIL SPECTOR was given a sentence of 19 years to life in prison for the murder of a HOLLYWOOD actress in 2003. SPECTOR, 69, who revolutionized pop music in the 1960s with his layered "Wall of Sound" production technique, was convicted in APRIL of second-degree murder by a LOS ANGELES jury after a second trial. The first trial ended in a deadlock in 2007.
LANA CLARKSON died of a shot to the mouth, fired from SPECTOR's gun in the foyer of his mock castle home outside LOS ANGELES on FEBRUARY 3, 2003. The two had met hours earlier at a HOLLYWOOD nightclub.
The sentence means that SPECTOR must spend at least 19 years in prison before being eligible for parole. If not paroled, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
SPECTOR, who worked with THE RONETTES, THE BEATLES, CHER and LEONARD COHEN at the height of his fame, denied murdering CLARKSON but did not testify at either trial.