November 29th, 2011
01:21 AM ET

Conrad Murray to be sentenced in singer Michael Jackson's death

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, will be sentenced at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, hopes Murray gets the harshest sentence possible: four years in a state prison.

"I don't believe that he intended for Michael to die," Katherine Jackson said Monday. "He was just taking a chance."

At the sentencing Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has a choice ranging between probation and up to four years in a state prison. But measures to relieve California prison and jail crowding could significantly shorten his time locked up.

Prosecutors successfully argued that Murray's reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer's death.

Testimony during his trial revealed that Murray gave propofol nearly every night in the two months before the singer's death on June 25, 2009, as Jackson prepared for his comeback concerts set for London the next month.

Murray was found guilty three weeks ago.

Katherine Jackson and several of her children will be in court for the sentencing Tuesday, but her grandchildren Prince, Paris and Blanket will not. They'll be at school, she said.

She was uncertain whether anyone from the family would speak in court, but she was interviewed by a probation officer who will include her thoughts in the report to the judge, Jackson said.

Murray's mother, Milta Rush, wrote a letter to the judge asking for mercy, saying "his compassion and his soft heartedness for others led to this dilemma."

Prosecutors are asking for the maximum four years behind bars, and they want Murray to pay Jackson's children more than $100 million in restitution. Defense lawyers want probation, not prison time.

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  1. Moonshiner

    What happened to the justice system!??? My heart goes out to the children of micheal all my condolences, i love you micheal children

    November 29, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. **cosmicvox *

    Micheal and the Doc were both taking chances here. Like Russian Roulette it was bound to end badly.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Nigel

      cosmicvox, you are right, he was micheal's doctor, and would you say no to micheal, itmake me mad, to hear is father saying all nice thing, when his son told the world is father beat him, its to late now they should have stopped micheal using control durgs years ago, and micheal would be still with us.Micheal Jackson was bril fine singer and just great.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. sc341

    Put him in a cell next to Scott Peterson.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    If I was in prison and he was let out before me, I would be p-o-ed. Especially if I was in for some crime that was non- violent.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Scottish Mama:
    Don't worry. You could be released sooner than Dr. Murray.
    All you'd have to do is have more money than he, and slip it to the right people before your trial starts.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mrs. Eroni Mulira

    What we see is a case of acute anxiety and depression. What Michael needed was comfort and genuine support from the close family, not an external professional. Where was the Jackson family?? They failed in their responsibility, abandoned Michael and turned around to blame the doctor who played the role of father, mother, wife, brother, sister and baby sitter. Where were the Jacksons?? The sentence is unfair and needs to be reviewed.

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