The website thecalifornian.com reported in a story on May 29, 2009 that Phil Spector, 69, has been sentenced to 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, nearly six years after he shot her. Clarkson was found shot through the mouth in the famous music producer’s mansion in Alhambra. Spector displayed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler laid out his sentence of 15 years to life for second degree murder in California, and an additional four years for personal use of a gun.
Before Judge Fidler’s sentencing, Clarkson’s mother, Donna, made a short statement, recounting her daughter’s exceptional traits, sense of humor, intellect, and commitment to her craft of acting.
She said, “I’m very proud of Lana, proud to be her mother. No one should suffer the loss of a child.”
These kinds of cases can be extremely tough for both sides of the family. Homicide charges carry the most severe jail time in California and can also include heavy fines. In fact, recent U.S. laws have been passed that will increase the mandatory minimum sentences that will apply to people who are convicted of committing certain violent crimes. If you have been arrested for carrying out a violent crime in Los Angeles, you may be looking at a prison term of 25 years to life. Using a firearm to commit murder or any other felony can increase the sentence by 3 to 10 years.
The California violent crime attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, approach every case with the belief that the person they are defending could easily be one of their own family members. They have seen firsthand how stressful legal matters can be for their clients and their loved ones. If you or someone you love is facing homicide or other violent crime charges in Southern California, you should call Wallin & Klarich today for a free evaluation of your case. Please call 1-888-280-6839 for a free consultation.