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Spector prison transfer halted

September 05, 2009|Associated Press

The planned transfer of Phil Spector to a different prison has been halted, a corrections official said Friday, but different reasons were given as complications continued to surround his incarceration.

Spector, 69, a legendary music producer, is serving 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Spector's wife, Rachelle, said she interceded with a prison official and Spector filed an inmate appeal after it was announced that he would be moved to Pleasant Valley State Prison at Coalinga with a group of other prisoners.

The official reason was that the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at Corcoran, where Spector is now housed, needed to clear out bed space for inmates requiring mental health treatment.

His wife objected, saying Pleasant Valley has a history of outbreaks of potentially deadly Valley Fever.

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