Phil Spector gets 19 years to life for murder


Legendary music producer Phil Spector on Friday was sentenced to 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson.

The 69-year-old rock icon was found guilty last month of second-degree murder for the death of Clarkson—who was shot in the mouth in 2003 at Spector’s mansion.

A Los Angeles judge sentenced him to 15 years to life for the murder and four years for personal use of a gun. The judge is also ordering restitution payments.

Friday’s sentencing means the famed producer will first be eligible for parole at age 78.

Spector and Clarkson met Feb. 3, 2003, at the House of Blues in Hollywood, where the 40-year-old Clarkson worked as a hostess. 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, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.