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.FULL STORY