Phil Spector’s really really young wife must be thrilled. Today,the music icon was sentenced to 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson.
After listening to arguments, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler chose 2028. As the judge told Spector that he would have to serve at least 19 years in prison — at which time he would be 88 — he remained stoic.
Spector declined an opportunity to address the court and moments later, surrounded by court officers, he shuffled out a side door. It was a quiet end to a legal proceeding that has intrigued the public since Feb. 3, 2003, when actress Lana Clarkson was shot to death in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra mansion.
Before the sentencing, Clarkson’s mother, Donna, a constant presence at both trials, told the judge that her heartbreak over her daughter’s death was intensified because of the way she was portrayed in court. The defense painted the 40-year-old as a failed actress who killed herself while battling depression.
Spector’s 28-year-old wife, Rachelle, told reporters that she was dedicated to getting her husband “out of that awful place and home where he belongs.” She decried the prosecutor’s portrait of her husband as “a monster.” “He is the most kind and gentle and giving man I have ever met in my life,” she said.
Phil Spector a Capricorn, was born on December 26, 1939, and is 69 years old.Astrologically, it looks like 2010 and 2011 will be especially difficult for him. He recently had surgery for cancerous tumors and he will continue to suffer health issues. As they say, karma is a bitch. I wonder who will play him in a movie?