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Spector gets 19 years to life in prison

May 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Music producer Phil Spector has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Spector to the mandatory 15 years to life for second-degree murdered and an additional four years for the use of a firearm, which was recommended by the prosecution. Spector was also ordered to pay more than $16,800 in funeral expenses and nearly $10,000 to a state victim's assistance fund.

Spector, 69, was convicted last month in the fatal shooting of Clarkson at his Alhambra home in 2003.

It took two trials for a jury to convict Spector. The first trial in September 2007 ended in a mistrial, but last month another jury found Spector guilty of second-degree murder. Jurors had the option to convict him of involuntary manslaughter, but after nearly 30 hours of deliberations, they decided on the more serious charge.

Spector maintains he didn't kill the 40-year-old, and claims she shot herself. The two had met earlier that night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, where Clarkson had recently begun working as a VIP hostess.

During the trial, jurors heard testimony from six women, each telling chilling accounts of Spector pulling guns on them and threatening their lives.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Spector's bodyguards described him as eccentric.

"He's eccentric, he's wild, he does what he want to do. He's a rocker," said Horace Davis, one of Spector's bodyguards. "He likes looking different."

"He had 10 dogs, two big iguanas that had their own room," said Francis Irby, Spector's bodyguard. "They had their own room and a big tank."

Spector was taken into custody immediately after his conviction in April, despite defense protests that he was not a flight risk. Spector's attorneys say they will appeal the conviction.

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