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Phil Spector sentenced to 19 years to life

May 29, 2009 | 12:04 pm

Spector Famed producer Phil Spector has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson, reports The Times' Harriet Ryan on L.A. Now. 

Spector was convicted last month of second-degree murder for the death of Clarkson.

Reporting from the courthouse, Ryan writes:

Before the sentencing, the victim’s mother, Donna Clarkson, told the judge she was heartbroken over the death of her daughter.

“All our plans together are destroyed. Now I can only visit her in the cemetery,” she said.

Spector’s attorney said the defense sympathized with the family “with its loss.” But attorney Doron Weinberg maintained that Spector was convicted wrongly.

“The evidence did not establish Mr. Spector’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,”  the lawyer said.

The 69-year-old music producer, his normally pale face even more wan after a month and a half in jail, stared impassively at the judge as he spoke.

Stay tuned to L.A. Now for the latest updates.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times