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?