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Phil Spector facing life in prison

SIX years after actress Lana Clarkson was found dead in the foyer of legendary music producer Phil Spector's mansion, the 69-year-old finds himself in a Los Angeles jail cell.

Spector was convicted of second-degree murder on Monday. Sentencing is due on May 29 and he faces at least 18 years to life in prison.

Spector, wearing one of his signature suits with a long black coat, red tie and red handkerchief, had no obvious reaction to the jury's verdict. His 28-year-old wife, Rachelle, sobbed as the verdict was announced.

The murder case was a flash from Hollywood's distant past, a reminder of the 1960s when Spector reigned as the hit maker supreme with such songs as the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and the Ronettes classic, "Be My Baby."

The 40-year-old Clarkson, star of the 1985 cult film "Barbarian Queen," died of a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in Spector's mansion in February 2003. She met him just hours earlier at her job as a nightclub hostess. In one of many ironies of the case, she had no idea of his fame.

Prosecutors argued Spector had a history of threatening women with guns when they tried to leave him. The defense claimed she was despondent over her fading career and killed herself.

Spector's chauffeur, the key witness, said he heard a gunshot, then saw Spector emerge holding a gun and saying: "I think I killed somebody."


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