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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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Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter for the Death of the King of Pop

Cropped from :File:Michael Jackson Star on Hol...Image via Wikipedia On November 7, a Los Angeles jury in the well-publicized criminal trial Dr. Conrad Murray found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.  Dr. Murray will remain in custody pending his November 29 sentencing.  He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and likely the loss of his medical license.
Following a seven-month investigation, Michael Jackson’s private physician, Dr. Murray, was formally charged with a violation of Penal Code 192(b) PC California’s involuntary manslaughter law.  The complaint, filed by the county district attorney’s office, alleged that Dr. Murray in violation of , “did unlawfully and without malice kill Michael Joseph Jackson, a human being, in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.”  More specifically, the violation was for administering a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to Jackson, which led to the singer’s death.
Despite a lengthy investigation and trial, the jury only took a day-and-a-half to come back with a guilty verdict.  Jury members are now able to discuss the case with the public, however, California law prohibits them from profiting from discussion of the case for at least 90 days.
Although it is a serious felony, involuntary manslaughter is the least severe of the possible homicide charges.
California Penal Code 192(b) PC defines “involuntary manslaughter” as an unlawful killing that takes place
  1. during the commission of an unlawful act (not amounting to a felony), or
  2. during the commission of a lawful act which involves a high risk of death or great bodily harm that is committed without due caution or circumspection.
It is an unlawful killing that is done without malice or intent to kill, and the maximum prison sentence is four years.
Hopefully with the news of the guilty verdict, Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans will be able to find closure after the King of Pop’s tragic and untimely death.
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 Los Angeles Times
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