Michael Jackson death
Conrad Murray gets maximum four-year sentence for Jackson's death, but mighthave to pay much more
Three weeks after a California jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has sentenced Dr. Conrad Murray to the maximum sentence of four years in the Los Angeles County Jail.
"Not only isn't there any remorse, there's umbrage and outrage against the decedant," said Pastor in reading his lengthy decision, adding that Murray has portrayed himself as a "bystander" in Jackson's death. "This is an unacceptable, egregious series of departures from a reasonable standard of care that undermines the doctor-patient relationship."
Murray's defense team asked for probation, arguing that the doctor had already suffered the loss of his medical license and public scorn and that he deserved consideration for his work in opening medical clinics in poor areas of Houston.
Pastor also declined to impose probation for Murray "for a whole host of reasons," and set a January date for potential financial restitution of up to $100 million.
Murray was sentenced to the county jail rather than state prison due to a new California law that lists involuntary manslaughter as a felony but not a crime eligible for state prison. It's unlikely that Murray will serve more than a fraction of his term due to overcrowding in the county jails.
The sentencing hearing also featured a written statement from the Jackson family asking for the maximum penalty: "We respectfully request that you impose a sentence that reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder and cast aside their Hippocratic oath to do no harm. As we all know from this tragedy, doing so can have devastating results.''