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Phil Spector prison transfer halted

His wife did not want him moved, saying Pleasant Valley has a history of outbreaks of potentially deadly Valley Fever.
/ Source: The 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 he would be moved to Pleasant Valley State Prison at Coalinga with a group of other prisoners.

The official reason was 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.

She said she expressed fears to Lt. Stephen Smith about Spector’s frail physical health and possibly compromised immune system that could make him susceptible to Valley Fever.

“Then I found out that the move was on hold and I could come up to visit my husband this weekend,” she said.

Spector issued a statement through his wife thanking the warden and staff for taking his medical condition into consideration.

“The inmate appeal system does work and people do listen,” he said.

Smith said the decision was not made because of her protests or an inmate appeal.

“We received instructions to halt the move for all of the inmates,” he said. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary ... Inmates are moved throughout the system on a daily basis. It’s a management issue.”

The Corcoran facility is being converted to an enhanced outpatient facility, he said.

“As of now, they decided to postpone some of the transfers,” he said.

Smith said he couldn’t confirm or deny an inmate appeal was filed by Spector.

Spector’s incarceration first drew attention when he complained that he feared for his safety at Corcoran. He later changed his mind.

His conviction is on appeal.