Phil Spector, famed for his Wall of Sound recording technique, has been jailed for 19 years for the murder of an actress.
The American music producer pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of Lana Clarkson at his California mansion. Spector, who is 69, was given a sentence of 15 years to life for the killing and an additional four years for personal use of a gun. The presiding judge at the retrial in Los Angeles said Spector must serve at least 19 years before being eligible for parole, by then he will be 88 years old. Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old B movie actress was best known for her role in the cult ’80s film Barbarian Queen. She died from a gunshot to the mouth, fired from Spector’s gun in the foyer of his mock castle home in 2003. The two had met hours earlier at a Hollywood nightclub. Spector was also ordered to pay the Clarkson family’s funeral costs.