As expected, Phil Spector received a sentence today which could very well mean he'll live out the remainder of his days in prison. The AP reports that the former music producer and songwriter was sentenced today to 19 years to life in prison for second degree murder in the shooting death of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson.
Spector's infamy is probably far more fresh than his fame, at this point, as the AP noted that "[d]uring jury selection, only a few panelists remembered Spector's heyday as producer of teen anthems including "To Know Him is to Love Him" by The Teddy Bears, The Ronette's "Be My Baby," The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" and The Righteous Brothers' classic, "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'.""
Spector's murder case has taken a long, circuitous route since he was charged in 2003 (a jury deadlocked in an earlier trial on the murder charge), and Spector has spent millions in defense fees. The sentence is adding some more to his tab too, as the judge "ordered Spector to pay $16,811 in funeral expenses, $9,740 to a state victims' restitution fund and other fees."