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Nov292011

Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years In Death of Michael Jackson 

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's former personal physician, was sentenced by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday to four years' imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter Nov. 7 in Jackson's death.

Judge Michael Pastor cited Murray's lack of remorse and "abandonment of his patient" in pronouncing the sentence, and said that Murray "engaged in a recurring pattern of deceit and lies," and "became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine."  He rejected the option of probation because he said there was no "acknowledgement of rehabilitation and responsibility" by Dr. Murray.

While members of Jackson's family were in court for sentencing, including mother Katherine, sister La Toya and brother Jermaine, an anticipated appearance by Jackson's children did not materialize, nor did any family member speak.  Instead, civil attorney Brian Panish read a statement on behalf of the Jackson family.  That statement included the children saying that because of what Murray did, "we will grow up without a father, playmate and best friend."

After the family statement was read, the prosecution argued for the maximum sentence, at one point saying that whenever Conrad Murray administered propofol to Jackson, he was "playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson's life every single night."

Judge Pastor also denied a defense request to ban cameras from the courtroom prior to sentencing, declaring that the public interest outweighed any private concerns of Murray's.  The judge also noted that Murray did on-camera interviews for the recently-aired documentary on the Jackson case and Murray's trial.

Murray was found guilty of causing Michael Jackson's death by administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to the singer on June 25, 2009.  Prior to his sentencing, Murray had been remanded without bail into the custody of the L.A. County Sheriff.  Murray's trial began on Sept. 27.  The jury, comprised of seven men and five women, deliberated for less than 12 hours before reaching its verdict.

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