Producer Phil Spector Sentenced to 19 Years to Life for Murder of Lana Clarkson

Phil Spector
Phil Spector (Al Seib - AP)
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES, May 29 -- Phil Spector was sentenced Friday to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in the music producer's home six years ago.

Spector, 69, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ordered a term of 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus four years for personal use of a gun.

Clarkson's mother, Donna, made a brief statement before sentencing, speaking of her daughter's fine qualities, sense of humor, intelligence and dedication to her craft of acting.

"I'm very proud of Lana, proud to be her mother," Donna Clarkson said. She added, "No one should suffer the loss of a child."

The judge also ordered Spector to pay $16,811 in funeral expenses, $9,740 to a state victims' restitution fund and other fees.

Spector, dressed in his customary dark pinstripe suit with a red silk tie, was led away after the sentencing. His attorney asked that he be transferred immediately from county jail to a state prison. It was not known Friday to which prison Spector would be assigned.

Spector gained fame decades ago for what became known as the "wall of sound" recording technique that changed rock music.

Clarkson was known for her role in Roger Corman's 1985 cult film classic "Barbarian Queen." She was 40 when she died.

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