Convicted killer Phil Spector sports new look in recently released mugshot

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Phil Spector is seen on the left in 2009, and on the right in his 2019 mugshot. (Jae C.Hung/AFP/Getty Images/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Phil Spector, the former Grammy-winning music producer serving a prison sentence for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson, is looking markedly different in a new mugshot.

The image released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows him sporting a bald head, hearing aids, a goatee, and a smile. Spector’s look has changed dramatically from the various wigs he donned during his 2009 trial.

The 79-year-old is known for producing such groups as the Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, Cher, and The Ramones. In 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life for Clarkson’s murder. The actress was found slumped over in a chair at Spector’s California mansion with a gunshot wound through the roof of her mouth.

Spector is housed in a prison health care facility in Stockton, California, where he’s been since October 2013, according to prison spokesperson Terry Thornton. Citing HIPAA laws, Thornton did not disclose why Spector is there instead of at one of the state’s regular prisons.

He will be eligible for a parole hearing in 2025.

By Cheri Mossburg, CNN

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