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Phil Spector Sentencing Update

11:01 AM Thursday 5/28/09 |   |

When we last joined the famed record producer, he was looking at 19 or more years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

Now Spector’s lawyer – attorney Doron Weinberg – has filed a court document stating Spector still maintains he did not kill Clarkson and is not responsible for her death.

Although Weinberg is planning an appeal, in a memorandum to the judge who presided over Spector’s trial, the lawyer did not dispute the mandatory 15-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder convictions in California.

Instead, Weinberg is trying to prevent his client from receiving a longer sentence. The DA who prosecuted Spector – Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson – has requested the judge sentence Spector to an additional four years because a gun was used in the crime.

In response, Weinberg has asked the judge to reduce the extra four years to three years, meaning the 69-year-old Spector would serve 18-years-to-life in prison.

Weinberg also asserted that Jackson’s account of the shooting was “based on conjecture, not facts,” since there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting.

In that account, Jackson stated:

“Spector had pulled a loaded gun from the bureau drawer and threatened Lana with it as she attempted to leave the residence. As Lana was seated in a chair by the back door with her purse slung on her right shoulder Spector produced the gun, the end result of which was Lana being shot through the mouth as she recoiled in fear.”

Weinberg also said that during a private conference with the judge over jury instructions before the verdict, “The prosecution argued to the court … that the facts proven at trial could support the conclusion that the death of Lana Clarkson resulted from an accidental discharge of the weapon during a misdemeanor brandishing.”

It took two trials before a jury convicted Spector of second-degree murder in the February 3, 2003 shooting death of Clarkson. The first trial, which took place in 2007, resulted in a deadlocked jury voting 10-2 vote in favor of conviction. The second trial ended in April with the second-degree murder conviction.


Comments

  1. HSLono wrote:

    10:44 PM, May 28, 2009

    His lawyers say they will appeal the conviction. He won't spend a day on the sentence, save for the "time served" before he bails out.