Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years in Michael Jackson Death (Update)by: Posted:
Update: Los Angeles Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore told E! after the sentencing hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray that "as far as the Sheriff is concerned, after the state takes away two years and he gets credit for time served, he will do a little less than two years," for the involuntary manslaughter of pop music Michael Jackson.
Prosecutors had claimed Murray negligently administering a lethal combination of propofol, lorazepam and midazolam to the pop singer, which ultimately resulted in his demise. The jury agreed, finding that Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson."
This morning, prosecutors argued strongly for four years in state prison, the maximum sentence in the case, claiming that Murray was not only grossly negligent in administering medical care, but that he responded inappropriately to Jackson's critical condition by covering up his own activities instead of administering emergency care or immediately calling an ambulance.
Today the judge in the case, Michael Pastor, who presided over the case, sentenced Murray to four years in jail, the maximum term allowable by law. Murray will also be required to pay restitution at a later date when the prosecution provides detailed financial records as requested by the court.
Pastor pointed specifically to the chilling recording of Doctor Murray speaking with Michael Jackson (listen below) as he was under the extreme influence of propofol as a factor in determining his decision.
Because the case took place in California, he will be placed in the overcrowded jails in L.A. County, where he is unlikely to serve out the majority of his sentence.
Watch shocking footage of a slurry Michael Jackson during the Dr. Conrad Murray trial: