30 May 2009

Minimum 19 year prison sentence for Spector

7:09 am on 30 May 2009

Music producer Phil Spector was given a sentence of 19 years to life in prison on Friday for the murder of an actress in 2003.

Spector, 69, 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, 40, a B-movie actress, died of a shot to the mouth, fired from Spector's gun in the foyer of his home outside Los Angeles on 3 February, 2003. The two had met hours earlier at a Hollywood nightclub.

Spector denied murdering her but did not testify at either trial. His lawyers claimed that she was depressed about her failing career and had committed suicide.

Spector revolutionized pop music in the 1960s with a production technique known as a "Wall of Sound."