Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years in Prison
Dr. Conrad Murray
Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison in the death of Michael Jackson.
The sentence is the maximum term — requested by prosecutors — for involuntary manslaughter. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor also denied the defense attorneys' request for Murray to receive probation.
"[Murray] has absolutely no sense of remorse ... and is — and remains — dangerous," Pastor said.
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Murray, who was immediately taken into custody, won't spend any time in state prison because of a new law that stipulates that non-violent criminals be sent to county jail. He is entitled to 46 days of time-served credit since he's been in custody.
Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago following a six-week trial.
Pastor repeatedly chastised Murray on Tuesday for his actions in caring for Jackson, who died June 25, 2009, from acute propofol intoxication. He said that Jackson died from a "totality of circumstances" that are "directly attributable" to Murray.
"Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine — the practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money," Pastor said. "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit, of lies, and regrettably that pattern was to assist Dr. Murray."
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Murray, who declined to testify during the trial, did not speak Tuesday. Jackson's family submitted a statement that was read aloud by attorney Brian Panish in court.
"The Bible reminds us that men cannot do justice, they can only seek justice," the statement read. "That is all we can ask as a family, and that is all we ask for here. ... We are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing you can do today that will bring Michael back."