Michael Jackson's Doctor Sentenced to 4 Years

By: From the AP
By: From the AP
 A lawyer for Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad Murray

UPDATED: LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars.

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust" in caring for Jackson.

Prosecutors had urged the judge to sentence the doctor to the maximum, arguing his treatment of Jackson with a powerful anesthetic ended the life of the King of Pop and left his three children without a father.

Attorneys for the 58-year-old Murray argued that probation was a more appropriate sentence, given his lack of a criminal history and the fact he will lose his medical license.

Murray could serve half of the four years because of overcrowding in California jails.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family has told a judge sentencing the doctor who caused the singer's death that the family is not seeking revenge but wants a stiff sentence that serves as a warning to opportunistic doctors.

Attorney Brian Panish did not specifically request the maximum term of four years in jail for Dr. Conrad Murray, but said Tuesday the cardiologist should be punished in a way that reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder.

Panish represents family matriarch Katherine Jackson and the singer's three children in a civil lawsuit.

The statement by Panish at a sentencing hearing included elements representing the views of Jackson's children, parents and siblings.

Murray was convicted on Nov. 7 of involuntary manslaughter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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