Sunday, May 31, 2009


The man who created the Wall of Sound will probably be behind prison walls for the rest of his life. Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life for the murder of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. He was convicted in April of second-degree murder by an L.A. jury in a second trial after the first ended in a deadlock in 2007. Spector must spend at least 19 years in jail before being eligible for parole. The legendary producer/ songwriter denied the charge, but did not testify at either trial. He has been held in custody since his April 13 conviction after being free on bail following his arrest in 2003. Prosecutors insisted the shooting was part of a pattern of gunplay and violence that Spector displayed toward women over the past 20 years, saying he had a problem with rage and was "a bully.” Clarkson's family has also filed a wrongful death civil suit against Spector. His affairs are now being handled by his fourth wife, model/actress Rachelle Short, 30 years his junior. The producer's attorneys have said they will file an appeal. (5/29p)

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