Prosecutors want at least 19 years prison for Spector

Tue May 19, 2009 9:44pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If Los Angeles prosecutors have their way, convicted murderer Phil Spector will be at least 88 years old before he is eligible for parole.

In court documents filed on Tuesday, prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 19 years to life in state prison for the eccentric music producer. He is due to be sentenced on May 29.

Spector, 69, was last month convicted of second degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old struggling actress. He has been in custody since the jury verdict was read at his second trial. The first trial, in 2007, ended in a deadlock.

The producer, who worked with The Ronettes, The Beatles, Cher and Leonard Cohen at the height of his fame, denied murdering Clarkson. His lawyers said Clarkson was depressed about her career and committed suicide with a shot to the mouth at his mock castle in suburban Los Angeles.

Prosecutors argued that the shooting of Clarkson was part of a pattern of gun play and violence that Spector displayed toward women.

"Lana Clarkson was the last in a series of victims to suffer homicidal assaults at the hands of Phil Spector," prosecutor Alan Jackson wrote in his sentencing recommendation.

"This court heard from six women -- each of whom recounted the chilling details of their encounters with Spector in which Spector pulled guns on them and promised that he could and would kill them," he wrote.

In a separate document, the prosecution asked the judge to order Spector to pay just over $16,800 to Clarkson's family and $9,740 toward the cost of her funeral and burial.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman. Editing by Jill Serjeant)

 
<p>Music producer Phil Spector stands in court after he was convicted of second-degree murder in Los Angeles April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool</p>