Phil Spector to serve 19 years in prison for actress’ murder

May 30th, 2009 - 12:15 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 30 (ANI): US music producer Phil Spector was yesterday sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Clarkson was best known for her role in 1985 cult film Barbarian Queen.

Clarkson, 40, met Spector while a hostess at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip. Hours later her body was found slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s home with a bullet wound through her mouth.

During the five-month retrial in Los Angeles, Spector had pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder. His lawyers said he would appeal, reports The BBC.

Spector was given a sentence of 15 years to life for second-degree murder and an additional four years for personal use of a gun.

The 69-year-old was given a retrial after the jury in his original trial failed to reach a unanimous decision in 2007.

Before sentencing, the victim’s mother, Donna, gave a statement to the court, saying: “My beautiful daughter, I miss you so.” (ANI)

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