Dr. Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years of incarceration after being found guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter, which is the maximum punishment possible.
Over a four-week trial, prosecutors painted Murray as a deceptive and incompetent doctor who abandoned his medical judgment in complying with Jackson’s request to be given a surgical anesthetic to put him to sleep. Witnesses testified to many egregious medical missteps; giving propofol in an unmonitored setting, fumbling at basic resuscitation and not keeping any records. Experts said that these failures directly led to Jackson’s overdose death.
Before imposing the four year sentence, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor criticized Murray for failing to express any remorse for the pop star’s death and suggesting in a recent documentary that Jackson bore responsibility for his own demise.
Under California state law nonviolent felons serve only 50 percent of their sentences due to prison over-crowding. Further, due to a new state policy, those convicted of certain non-violent crimes are not required to serve their time in prison, so Murray will serve out his sentence in a Los Angeles County Jail rather than a State Prison. There is also a possibility that Murray could be released on House Arrest before his sentence is expired. If you or anyone you know has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, the best decision you could make is getting counsel from your Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney, Robert Bernstein.
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