Phil Spector convicted of murdering Lana Clarkson

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Legendary music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of cult-movie star Lana Clarkson.

The 69-year-old rock icon faces at least 18 years in prison when he is sentenced May 29.

He was originally tried for the crime in 2007, but the jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting Spector, which resulted in a mistrial.

The famed producer, who was taken immediately into custody, showed no emotion as the verdict was announced, reports CNN. His wife, Rachelle, sobbed as the decision was announced.

Asked if he agreed to the sentencing date, he quietly answered, “Yes.”

Investigators found that Clarkson died of a gunshot fired in her mouth while visiting Spector’s mansion six years ago. The defense had argued that she killed herself.

Spector and Clarkson met Feb. 3, 2003, at the House of Blues in Hollywood, where the 40-year-old Clarkson worked as a hostess and where Spector visited shortly after midnight. She reportedly took the producer up on his offer to accompany him to his mansion for a drink and was discovered shot dead a few hours later.

Spector produced records by the Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers and the Ramones among many other groups.  In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.