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Conrad Murray Handed Maximum Sentence In Michael Jackson's Death

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted in the death of Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to the maximum four years in prison. He will also lose his medical license.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor chastised Murray for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson.

"Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine," the judge said. "The practice of Propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money, fame prestige and whatever else may have occurred."

"Michael Jackson died not because of an isolated, one-off incident. He died because of a totality of circumstances which are directly attributable to Dr. Murray. Not some mistake, or some accident but because of a series of decisions that Dr. Murray made that jeopardized his patient, that violated his obligations to his patient and the essence of his Hippocratic oath."

"He violated the trust of the medical community, of his colleagues and of his patient and he has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault, and is and remains dangerous."

Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, who had argued that Jackson caused his own death by self-administering the drug while Murray wasn't looking, maintained the King of Pop wasn't as vulnerable as prosecutors said.

"Michael Jackson was a drug seeker and he sought it out from Dr. Murray , who was wrong in providing it," said Chernoff. "He sought it out from other doctors. He was a powerful, famous, wealthy individual, with lawyers, security and staff and advisors."

In a statement before the sentencing, Jackson's family said they were not there for revenge but for justice to be served.

"The Bible reminds us that men cannot do justice, they can only seek justice," they said. "That is all we can ask as a family, and that is all we ask for here."

"As brothers and sisters, we will never be able to hold, laugh or perform again with our brother Michael. As his children, we will grow up without our father, our best friend, our playmate and our dad. We are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing you can do today to bring Michael back."


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore says Murray's sentence will be automatically reduced to two years under Assembly Bill 109, which takes into account the severe overcrowding in prisons.

November 29, 2011 |

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