Doctor who killed Michael Jackson gets maximum sentence - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Doctor who killed Michael Jackson gets maximum sentence

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Conrad Murray, the cardiologist convicted of killing singer Michael Jackson, was sentenced to four years behind bars Tuesday.

Murray was found guilty Nov. 7 of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 50-year-old pop star's death.

Judge Michael Pastor did not grant probation, citing that Murray violated the "trust and confidence" of his patient.

He also scolded the doctor for his refusal to accept responsibility in the case, pointing specifically to the slurred audio recordings of a heavily sedated Jackson that were played during the trial.

"That tape recording was Dr. Murray's insurance policy," Pastor said. "It was designed to record his patient surreptitiously while he was at his most vulnerable."

"Some may feel this was a medical malpractice case. It wasn't," he added.

Prosecutors, who spoke first during the 90-minute hearing, demanded Murray receive the maximum sentence.

"The defendant was playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson's life every night," prosecutor David Walgren told the court.

The prosecution also asked that Jackson's family receive damages of $100 million based on the singer's projected earnings from his "This Is It" tour and other fees.

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Before the sentencing, an attorney for Jackson's family read a statement that said, "We are not here to seek revenge, there is nothing you can do today to bring Michael back."

Murray, who was reminded by the judge that he had the right to speak, chose not to and remained stone-faced and silent during the sentencing. He did not testify during the trial.

The doctor's attorney, Ed Chernoff, instead gave an impassioned speech pleading for the court to look at Murray's "book of life" rather than "one chapter."

"Michael Jackson was a drug seeker, and he sought it out from Dr. Murray, who was wrong in providing [propofol]," Chernoff said.

Acknowledging the futility of his arguments, Chernoff spoke one of the most memorable lines of Tuesday's sentencing.

"Whether he's a barista the rest of his life, whether he's a greeter at Walmart, he's still going to be the man who killed Michael Jackson," he said.

But the judge rejected Chernoff's pleas to "read the whole book."

"This is not a question about what might have happened, or what if someone else had been involved," the judge said.

Murray, who had been hired as Jackson's personal physician, administered a lethal dose of the drug propofol to the singer in June 2009. Jackson's death was ruled a homicide.

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