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Phil Spector being moved to different prison

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Music legend and convicted murderer Phil Spector, who complained recently about his prison quarters but later said he wanted to stay put, is being moved to make room for inmates requiring outpatient mental health treatment, a corrections spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"It's not about Spector. It's about getting services to other inmates," said California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton.

Spector and other prisoners will be going to Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, where the other most notorious prisoner is Erik Menendez, convicted with his brother Lyle of murdering their millionaire parents in 1993. Spector's transfer will occur this week.

Spector, 69, has been at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran.

Thornton said Spector will be in a "sensitive needs yard" comparable to the one where he has been in Corcoran due to his notoriety.

Spector had complained about being in a prison that houses "gangsters and Manson types" and said he was trying to get to a better prison.

But when authorities questioned him about his complaints, they said he had decided he wanted to stay at the institution.

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

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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