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When is Prison Time Ending for the Notorious Music Producer Phil Spector?

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By Jamee Dorsey

For those who may not know, Phil Spector was a renowned and iconic music producer who developed the Wall of Sounds. He has produced pop, rock and rhythm and blues songs for numerous artists, particularly John Lennon from The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band and The Teddy Bears Sing. Nevertheless, his fame negatively altered when he was accused of performing second-degree murder on actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion at Alhambra, California on February 3, 2003. Because of that, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison on May 29, 2009. Those who know of this tragic case are now curious as to when he will be let out of prison and how much money he is making currently.

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How Clarkson's Murder Started

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Then forty-year-old American actress and fashion model, Lana Clarkson, had appearances in more than thirty (30) movies and television shows. However, she worked as a hostess at the House of Blues in the hopes of landing her breakthrough role and really putting herself out there to the mainstream. There, she met Spector at the Sunset Strip area. Upon their conversation, Spector provided her with a four-hundred and fifty (450) dollar tip, and took her to his mansion by limo. According to police reports, Spector's driver from the car suddenly heard a gunshot from the limo.

More About the Case

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According to police's supplemental reports, Spector's driver claimed that Spector came out with a gun in his hands and stated "I think I killed her." The driver then called the police, and they saw the Lana Clarkson had a single shot in her head with a gun laying on her left leg and teeth scattering all over the floor and cloth soaked in blood on Spector's sink. Immediately arrested, Spector initially claimed that he shot Clarkson accidentally, and later claimed that Clarkson committed suicide. The coroner determined that the death was a homicide.

The Aftermath of the Case

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The trial of the murder did not begin until 2007 where the judge later declared a mistrial, and the untelevised retrial of the second degree murder trial did not begin again until October 20, 2008. A year later, the jury reached the guilty verdict of murdering Lana Clarkson and holding the firm while the crime occurred, which added an additional four (4) years to his sentence. On May 2009, he was ultimately sentenced to nineteen (19) years to life for performing secondhand murder on Clarkson, and is currently an inmate at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California.

How Much is Spector Worth?


While Spector was arrested and before 2007's trial commenced, he married to then 26-year-old Rachelle Short. Nevertheless, he filed for divorce, after speculating that Short was financially taking advantage of him. Spector accused Short of purchasing a three-hundred and fifty (350) dollar airplane, like Aston Martin, a Ferrari, plastic surgery, jewelry and housing residences for her mother. It was further reported that Spector paid his ex-wife, Ronnie Spector, thirty-three thousand (33,000) dollars for spousal support on a monthly basis and five-thousand eight-hundred eighty-five (5,885) dollars for residence expenses.

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