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Dr. Murray Receives Maximum Sentence For Death of King of Pop

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28:  Dr. Conrad Murr...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
In a previous post, we discussed how a unanimous jury convicted Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter in the death of singer Michael Jackson.  On Tuesday, Dr. Murray returned to court for sentencing.  The result: Dr. Murray was sentenced to four years in the Los Angeles County Jail.  
Judge Michael E. Pastor, before announcing the sentence, highlighted Dr. Murray’s lack of remorse. “To hear Dr. Murray say it, Dr. Murray was a bystander,” the judge said. “Talk about blaming the victim. Not only is there not any remorse, there’s umbrage and outrage.”  Dr. Murray did not testify at the trial and declined to speak at his sentencing hearing as well.
It still remains unclear as to how much time Dr. Murray will actually serve.  Four years is the maximum sentence allowed for involuntary manslaughter under California’s new sentencing laws that went into effect October 1, 2011.  
A conviction under Penal Code 192 PC California’s involuntary manslaughter law su.
  • formal probation with up to one year county jail, OR
  • a two, three, or four-year California state prison sentence.
 Plus these additional consequences:
  • a maximum $10,000 fine,
  • the loss of the right to own or possess a firearm pursuant to Penal Code 12021 PC California’s “felon with a firearm” law, and
  • possible professional discipline
Under the prior sentencing laws, Dr. Murray would have been sentenced to four years in state prison.  He most likely would only serve two full years in prison.  At the conclusion of his prison term he would have been placed on three years of parole.  However, under the new law he will serve his time in the Los Angeles County Jail instead of prison.  In addition, is it is extremely unlikely that he will serve his entire four year sentence.  Based upon the nature of his crime and lack of prior record and the overcrowded condition of the Los Angeles County Jail, he could serve as little as a few weeks or months in custody.  Moreover, unlike under prior sentencing law, once Dr. Murray is released from custody, he will not be placed on parole or probation.
Dr. Murray, will also be obligated to pay restitution to Jackson’s estate and family.  The Judge set a January hearing to determine the amount.  In addition to paying almost $1,000 in fines and fees for his conviction,  However, it will not likely be the prosecution’s requested amount of $100 million, given the state of Murray’s financial affairs.
More details about the guilty verdict are available in earlier blog posts.
If you’re facing involuntary manslaughter charges or any other serious criminal offense, contact the Orange County Criminal Law firm of Don Ho, LLP immediately for assistance on building your defense.
All factual information taken from the New York Times.
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