LOS ANGELES - Phil Spector was sentenced yesterday to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in the music producer's home six years ago.
Spector, 69, looked showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler set a term of 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus four years for personal use of a gun.
Clarkson's mother, Donna, made a statement before sentencing, speaking of her daughter's qualities, sense of humor, intelligence and dedication to her acting craft.
"I'm very proud of Lana, proud to be her mother," Donna Clarkson said. She added, "No one should suffer the loss of a child."
The judge also ordered Spector to pay $16,811 in funeral expenses, $9,740 to a state victims' restitution fund and other fees.
Spector, dressed in his customary dark pinstripe suit with a red silk tie, was led away immediately. It was not immediately known to which prison he would be assigned.
Spector gained fame decades ago for what became known as the "Wall of Sound" recording technique that changed rock music.
Clarkson was most famous as the star of Roger Corman's 1985 cult film classic "Barbarian Queen." She was 40 when she died. *