By Frank James

Phil Spector was sentenced today for the killing of actress Lana Clarkson to 19 years to life, a sentence that means the 69-year old music producer will likely die in prison.

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Phil Spector, center, watches jurors enter the courtroom with his attorney Doron Weinberg, left, before the verdict is read his trial in Los Angeles on Monday, April 13, 2009. AP Photo/Pool, Al Seib


Spector was among the recording industry's most important producers in the 1960s, creating his trademark "wall of sound" and producing one of the greatest hits of all time, the Righteous Brothers, "You've Lost that Loving Feeling." He also produced solo efforts by John Lennon and George Harrison, including Lennon's "Imagine" album.

Here's the Associated Press story:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Music producer Phil Spector has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.


A Los Angeles judge sentenced Spector on Friday to 15 years to life for second-degree murder and four years for personal use of a gun. The judge is also ordering restitution payments.


A jury convicted the 69-year-old Spector in the fatal shooting of Clarkson at his home in 2003.

Spector plans an appeal.

categories: Crime

3:02 - May 29, 2009