Friday, 29 May 2009

Phil Spector Gets 19 Years

Phil Spector, the music producer, has been sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars after being found guilty last month of murdering an actress at his mansion six years ago

Phil Spector sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for Lana Clarkson murder
Phil Spector and his attorney Dennis Riordan listen to the sentencing Photo: AP

Spector, 69, who created the famed "Wall of Sound" recording technique during the 1960s, was convicted of killing Lana Clarkson, best known for her role in cult 1985 film "The Barbarian Queen".

Although the mandatory sentence is 15 years to life, Alan Jackson, the deputy district attorney, argued Spector should face an additional four years for personal use of a gun in the crime.

He pleaded not guilty to murdering Lana Clarkson, best known for her role in cult 1985 film "The Barbarian Queen", who was found slumped in a chair with a gunshot wound to the head in the foyer of Spector's castle-like home on February 3 2003, only hours after meeting the producer for the first time at the nightclub where she worked.

During Spector's retrial, defence lawyers said the 40-year-old, whose career had stalled at the time of her death, had killed herself.

But five female acquaintances testified that Spector had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s.

Spector's former chauffeur also gave damaging evidence, telling jurors that on the night of the shooting, his employer had emerged from a doorway clutching a pistol in a bloodied hand, saying: "I think I killed somebody."

Only weeks before Clarkson's killing, Spector gave a rare interview to the Daily Telegraph, in which he described himself as "relatively insane".

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