Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray has been handed the maximum sentence of four years in jail for the involuntary manslaughter of the King of pop. Judge Michael Pastor stated that Murray had shown no remorse for his actions and deserved the maximum penalty.
The Judge believed that Murray had a falling-out with Jackson and had taped Jackson slurring under the influence of Propofol with the plan to blackmail by him by threatening to sell it to the media.
According to the LA Times, Murray will only serve two years in jail; nonviolent felons in California only serve 50% of their sentences. A recent change in California law also means that Murray will serve his sentence in county jail rather than state prison.
Conrad Murray was found guilty for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson earlier in November. Murray’s lawyers argued that Jackson had injected himself with Propofol, however the prosecution stated that Murray had administered the drug for Jackson out of his own greed.
Conrad Murray was in major debt before he took on the job with Michael Jackson at $150,000 per month, but SMH reports that he never actually received any payments from Michael Jackson before his death.