Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, was sentenced to four years imprisonment, the maximum punishment the judge could deliver. The sentencing came nearly three weeks after a jury found Murray guilty of administering Jackson with a fatal dose of the powerful sedative Propofol on June 25, 2009. “Some may feel that this was a medical malpractice case. It wasn’t. And this jury found that Conrad Murray, with criminal negligence, caused the death of Michael Jackson,” Judge Michael Pastor said before revealing the sentence. “The fact is, Michael Jackson died because of the actions of, and the failures to perform legal duties on the part of, Conrad Murray.”
The judge also admonished Murray for his “horrific violation of trust” in treating Jackson. The defense was seeking a sentence that included probation but no jail time, but given the severity of the crime and the world-famous victim, the judge sided with the prosecution in delivering Murray his punishment. In addition to the sentence, Murray was also ordered to pay Jackson’s children a restitution estimated to be in the amount of $100 million, a sum that combines the cost of Michael’s funeral arrangements, plus the lost wages and earnings the singer didn’t collect because he died before his This Is It concerts began. The exact restitution, however, will be decided on a later court date.
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