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Conrad Murray gets maximum sentence for the death of Michael Jackson

Conrad Murray sentenced to 4 years in jail for Michael Jackson's death
Conrad Murray sentenced to 4 years in jail for Michael Jackson's death
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Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced this morning in Los Angeles, where he received a maximum sentence of 4 years incarceration, to be served at the LA County Jail, for the involuntary manslaughter of music superstar Michael Jackson.

TMZ livestream reports that Judge Michael Pastor told the court earlier today, Michael Jackson died because of the actions of Dr. Murray -- and referred to the pop icon’s medical care by Murray as “a horrible cycle of medicine.”

Though Pastor told the courtroom that Dr. Murray was neither a “saint” nor a “devil,” he pointed out that the doctor’s recklessness overshadowed his past good deeds, and that "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies."

Furthermore, the judge said, "Dr. Murray abandoned his patient," and called the physician's conduct "egregious" and "a disgrace to the medical profession" -- while the prosecutor characterized the cardiologist's treatments as playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson's life night after night.

The judge was also disturbed by the doctor’s attitude, saying, "There's umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent."

In addition to a 4-year sentence, prosecutor David Walgren has been pushing for a $100 million judgement against Dr. Murray as restitution for the “King of Pop’s” 3 children.

Walgren has also asked that Murray help pay for Michael Jackson’s $1.8 million funeral.

Though Judge Pastor did feel that some restitution should be made at a later date, no firm amount has yet been set by the court.

Meanwhile, Murray must pay an $800 fine, a $30 court security fee, and a $40 criminal conviction assessment.

Did you know? While defense attorneys in the Michael Jackson case argued that Dr. Murray has no criminal record, ABC News reported that in 2002, Conrad Murray's medical practice in Texas was shut down after his practice partner's medical license was revoked for improperly dispensing prescription drugs – which was referred to by law enforcement as a “pill mill.”

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