Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years
November 29th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

A California judge sentenced the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death by overdose to four years in county jail.

Citing a lack of remorse and failure to accept responsibility, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied Conrad Murray's request for probation.

"You can't have probation when there isn't an acknowledgment of rehabilitation or responsibility and remorse," Pastor said. "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit, of lies and regrettably, that pattern was to assist Dr. Murray."

Prosecutors and Jackson's family had requested the maximum sentence of four years. In a statement read aloud at the hearing, Jackson's mother said Murray had failed her son and his family.

The pop star and his children had plans to enter the film industry "as a family" before Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, prosecutor David Walgren said as he read aloud from Katherine Jackson's written statement.

After his death of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, Jackson's daughter said she wished she could "go with him," according to the statement.

"Their world collapsed," the prosecutor said. "He violated her son's trust, failed her son and failed his family."

Defense lawyer Ed Chernoff had requested probation, urging the judge to consider testimony from other patients of Murray's who said he'd helped them.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago after a trial in which 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.

Measures to relieve crowding in California prisons and jails could significantly shorten Murray's time locked up.

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 also asked for more than $100 million in restitution for Jackson's children.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. BOMBO

    Doctors kills MJ
    His fans demand conviction
    But molesting stops

    November 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    If Murray put a "bullet" in Jackson resulting in his death, he would of got life imprisonment.....

    November 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tired of Conrad Murray

    Can someone please tell the media that no one cares about this played out trial and sentencing. I think we've all had enough. Why do you feel the need to play live coverage of the sentencing. Can you not wrap it up with your quote TOP STORIES? Isn't there other things going on in the world that are more important than this?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony


      November 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    One addict.
    One dealer.
    Let's move on.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Thank God...This case is closed!

    November 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blessandnotstressed

    Dr. Murray is a arrogant and smugged individual,that only cared about self. He had gotten, what he deserved. Everyone, including MJ family, knew that he was a drug addict. Whether the family sought/or didn't sought for him to receive treatment, is not the issue, at hand. Dr. Murray violated a medical oath. He's a disgrace and an embarrassment to the medical profession. I applaud Judge Pastors, powerful and stern statements, should serve as a warning to all physicians,patients who entrust their care to you and dies b/c of gross negligence, you are going to JAIL!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carole

    Here we go again with no personal responsibility. Did everyone forget the autopsy revealed MJ's veins were collapsed? His whole body was riddled with needle marks. He would have collapsed sooner or later but unfortunately in was on Dr. Murray's watch. Who I feel sorry for is Conrad Murray. He became the scapegoat for the Jackson Family. And why do they feel they deserve compensation? The judge and jury had their minds made up way before the trial. It's time people opened their eyes to the fact that MJ was not perfect like they all think and he was a serious drug addict.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      And a child molester and animal abuser and tax cheat. Let's not forget those.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    I'm with JIF.
    Leave it.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark L.

    Okay, so Conrad Murray loses his license to practice medicine and gets four years. If it were anyone else besides the iconic Michael Jackson, there wouldn't have even been a trial. Ughhh....

    November 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BMcGee

    No matter what Michael Jackson was or was not, this "doctor" did not know how to perform CPR, was deceitful in hiding meds and other evidence, and horribly negligent in his care of his patient. He deserves what he got.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dixie Normous

    Murray gets 4 years...but MJ's plastic surgeon is free?

    December 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Turbo4

    You are luck brother they havent hung you, you know America is good in hunging black poeple for no reason. By 2015 you be out and they havent taken your practice licince

    December 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
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