Conrad Murray Sentenced To Four Years In Prison
MJ's doctor has received the maximum term for involuntary manslaughter...
Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years in prison over the King of Pop's death - the maximum term for involuntary manslaughter.
Murray, who was found guilty of the charge earlier this month, was criticised by Judge Michael Pastor for his treatment of MJ, claiming that the slurred voice recording of the Thriller singer helped put Murray behind bars.
Pastor stated: "Of everything I heard and saw during the course of the trial, one aspect of the evidence stands out the most, and that is the surreptitious recording of Michael Jackson by his trusted doctor."
When sentencing Murray, the judge told the court: "I find that Dr Murray abandoned his patient who was trusting him; his patient was vulnerable under those circumstances, having been administrated potentially dangerous drugs by his medical provider."
"Dr Murray's course of conduct extended over a period of time, he repeatedly lied and engaged in deceitful misconduct and endeavoured to cover up his transgressions."
He continued: "He violated the trust of the medical community, of his colleagues and of his patient and he has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault and remains dangerous."
"It's easy to say, 'Oh well, Dr Murray is a medical doctor, he's a smart sophisticated man, he doesn't have a criminal history, he may not be licensed to practise medicine in the future - although that has nothing to do with me, I have no authority over that."
Pastor added: "The fact remains, Dr Murray is offended by that patient dying and I don't have any idea what will prompt Dr Murray to do or not do something in the future that may be dangerous to a patient if he does practise medicine in the United States or even elsewhere."
Speaking of Murray's sentence, Michael's mother Katherine has said: "Four years is not enough for someone's son. It won't bring him back but at least he got the maximum."
However due to overcrowding, it is thought that Murray will only serve half of his four year sentence behind bars - meaning the doctor will serve his time in LA County Jail instead of a state prison.