Phil Spector found guilty of 2nd-degree murder
By LINDA DEUTSCH – 5 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a film actress at his mansion six years ago, a verdict that will send him to prison for at least 18 years barring a successful appeal.
A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after about 30 hours of deliberations. The jury had the option of choosing the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, but did not do so.
The panel also found Spector guilty of using a firearm in committing a crime.
Spector exhibited no reaction to the verdict. His attorney argued that he should remain free on bail pending the May 29 sentencing, but Judge Larry Paul Fidler remanded him to jail immediately.
Second-degree murder carries a penalty of 15 years to life in prison. The use-of-a-gun enhancement adds three, four or 10 years in prison, according to the district attorney's office.
It is laws like this that really make my blood boil. If he were to have beat her to death with a baseball bat, his sentence would have been up to 3 to 10 years shorter??? How stupid are liberals???? Murder is murder, no extra time just because of guns....
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