After being convicted of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the drug-induced death of pop star Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison, which will be served in the Los Angeles country jail.

There was a lot of speculation going into the sentencing hearing about whether or not the judge would sentence Michael Jackson’s former personal doctor to jail time. Because of prison overcrowding in California, many felt that Dr. Murray wouldn’t be sentenced to state prison time, but rather be under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles county jail system, which is also woefully overcrowded.

Several legal experts predicted Dr. Murray would end up serving his pending sentence either at home on house arrest or be sentenced to probation. Others took the judge’s decision to remand Dr. Murray to jail to await sentencing as an indication that he would hand down a prison sentence.

The judge, Michael Pastor, dismissed the idea of sentencing Dr. Murray to probation, and instead opted to sentence him to the maximum penalty under the law, four years. During his remarks, the jude repeatedly chastised Murray for his behavior, lack of remorse, and punctuated his remarks by calling the former doctor “a danger to society.”

It is unclear just how long Dr. Murray will serve in jail (some estimate 1 to 2 years) because of rampant overcrowding, but one thing is clear: Dr. Murray’s life as he knows it has changed drastically.

Do you agree with Dr. Murray’s sentence? 

  • Libby

    Thank you whilome and apple. People are allowing there personal feelings about MJ to cloud their judgement. I am glad there is some common sense around here.

  • katiej

    This is a sad case. But I had to stop and wonder about this for a second. In my neck of the woods, when a person overdoses, generally the police don’t go after their “supplier”. People generally shrug it off as if the person was sick and had some sort of “death wish” because of the repetitious nature of drug abuse. Things don’t typically play out like this, on the local level, but then again, MJ was an international superstar. While everyone is saying Murray was 100% liable because he fed into his addiction, then what about those plastic surgeons that continued to operate on him although he clearly had body dysmorphic disorder. They were suppliers too. Or do they get a pass, because he didn’t die, they only disfigured his face with their “supply”. MJ had a hand in his death. I’m going to say something and I hope no one takes me to task too harshly over what I’m about to say….

    I draw a parallel between MJ’s personal responsibility in this case and, let’s say, the personal responsibility of a woman that continues to have multiple children by different partners. They are both addicts of sorts, just with different manifestations. Mj was a drug abuser with a chemical dependency on drugs, probably as a coping tool. I believe that women that move from man to man and have all of these children are addicts to the dopamine of new “love”. Yet, we come on here and belittle these everyday women and tell them they need to take personal responsibility and stop having all those kids, and place the blame squarely on them, even though those children they are having is a direct result of their co-dependency issues. It’s not fair. It takes two to tango.In both instances, both are engaging in harmful behavior and need to take personal responsibility of some sort.

    Regardless of MJ’s addictions, he was still a functioning adult that was making business decisions, caring for children, performing, and dealing with the ins and outs of life. To say that he wasn’t partly to blame for his death is not OK. He sought out Mr. Murray and paid him tons of money to keep him as his supplier. This doesn’t excuse Dr. Murray, because he did take an oath of ethics and morals as a physician, BUT to place blame on him 100% is not reasonable.

  • Honey Doo

    From the beginning of this debacle, I believed Michael Jackson was a high end crackhead. And sadly, his high end supplier, who probably also served as his PR guy, was deemed responsible for his habit. This is a shame. The fact of the matter is if Dr. Murray didn’t do it Michael Jackson would have found someone else who would.

    Again, damn shame.

  • Honey Doo

    And, honestly, what person. . .doctor, gardener, stylist, sociopath. . .would want to be known as the person who killed Michael Jackson???

  • Honey

    Society killed Michael Jackson and found another successful black man to pay for this murder.

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