Spector Sentenced to 19 Years to Life

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2009 1:59 PM CDT
In this Jan. 26, 2009, file photo music producer Phil Spector smiles during a hearing in his murder retrial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He was sentenced today to 19 years to life.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Los Angeles judge today sentenced Phil Spector to 19 years to life in prison in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. The legendary music producer, whose first trial in the case ended in a mistrial, plans to appeal, KTLA-TV reports. Spector, 69, listened impassively as he drew the mandatory minimum of 15 years to life for second-degree murder, plus 4 years on a gun charge.
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