Legendary music producer Phil Spector, who was convicted of second-degree murder in April for the 2003 shooting of actor Lana Clarkson, was handed a sentence of 19 years to life today in a Los Angeles County courtroom.
This was the second jury trial for the 69-year-old music icon. The first ended in a mistrial in 2007.
Spector's attorney, Doron Weinberg, maintains that his client was wrongly convicted: “The evidence did not establish Mr. Spector’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Weinberg said. Spector’s defense, which has vowed to appeal the conviction, contends that Clarkson, distraught over her failing career and financial troubles, committed suicide after hours of late-night drinking with the defendant.