Phil Spector can kiss his freedom goodbye! He was just sentenced to 19 years-to-life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
He was convicted of second-degree murder last April for the 2003 killing of Clarkson, whom he shot at his 30-bedroom mansion in Los Angeles.
It took two trials to convict him, since the first one was a mistrial after the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision. Lana Clarkson, who was 40 at the time of her death, had been working as a hostess at House of Blues, and went home with Spector that night.
Spector's Brazilian chauffeur, Adriano De Souza, said his boss appeared to be drunk and that Clarkson was initially reluctant to go home with him. She was found dead in the foyer of his house in the early hours of the morning.
A holster that matched the revolver that Spector used to kill her was found in a drawer in the foyer. Spector's chauffeur called authorities, saying: "I think my boss killed somebody.”
He told jurors Spector had said: "I think I killed somebody." The defense argued he had misheard his employer.
Finally there’s some closure on this case. Imagine how relieved Lana Clarkson’s family must feel, after dealing with this for 6 years! The sentence means that Spector must spend at least 19 years in prison before being eligible for parole. If not paroled, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.