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Phil Spector: Prosecutor asks for 19-year sentence

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A Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney requested a sentence of 19-years-to-life for legendary music producer Phil Spector, who was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, the Associated Press reports. Spector, 69, was found guilty on April 13. Clarkson, who had acted in the cult film Barbarian Queen, was killed in the foyer of Spector’s mansion, by a gunshot fired into her mouth, in 2003. Spector’s first trial for the crime ended in a jury deadlock. The conviction came from the second trial.  

The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 15 years, but prosecutor Alan Jackson asked that the judge add four years to Spector’s sentence because the crime included the personal use of a gun. In addition to prison time, Jackson requested that Spector pay a minimum of $26,500 to Clarkson’s family to compensate them for funeral costs and mental health care. The Clarkson family has sued Spector for damages as well. Spector is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.