Murray Will Only Serve Half Of 4-Year Jail Sentence

LOS ANGELES (CBS) —  Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s 2009 death, was sentenced Tuesday to four years behind bars. He will also lose his medical license.

Judge Michael Pastor imposed the maximum sentence for Murray, but Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore says his sentence is automatically reduced to two years under Assembly Bill 109. Murray, however, will be required to serve all of his halved sentence, minus 47 days he has already served.

The prosecution has also requested that Murray pay more than $101,000,000 in restitution. A hearing will take place on Jan. 23 to determine how much he will owe to Jackson’s estate.

“It should be very clear that medical experiments will not be tolerated, and Mr. Jackson was an experiment,” Pastor told the court room.

Brian Panish, attorney and friend of the Jackson family, read the following statement:

“There is no way to adequately describe the loss of our beloved father, son, brother and friend. We still look at each other in disbelief. Is it really possible that he is gone? As Michael’s parents, we could never have  imagined that we would live to witness his passing. It is simply against the natural order of things. As his brothers and sisters, we will never be able to hold, laugh or perform again with our brother Michael. And as his children, we will grow up without a father, our best friend, our playmate and our dad.

“We are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing you can do here today to bring Michael back. But we will keep the love in our hearts that Michael embodied throughout his life. His passion was for unifying the world through the gift of his artistry. We respectfully request that you impose a sentence that reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder and cast aside their Hippocratic oath to do no harm. As we all know from this tragedy, doing so can have devastating results. The Bible reminds us that men cannot do justice, they can only seek justice. That is all that we ask as a family. And that is all that we can ask for here.”

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for less than two days before finding Murray guilty on Nov. 7.

Prosecutors argued that Murray acted in a criminally negligent manner after giving Jackson a powerful dose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

The defense, however, maintained that Jackson took a deadly dose of the medication when Murray left his bedroom hours before the singer’s death.

“Michael is watching over us,” Jackson’s sister, Latoya, tweeted earlier this month. “VICTORY!!!!!! Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!”



    • Mike Field

      Don’t argue with the premise. Michael Jackson was an addict and a very troubled man. He successfully fostered the illusion, both in his own mind and our minds, that he was a youth. But he wasn’t. He was a 50-year-old man. He would have gotten what he wanted somewhere. What the court is telling us is to just run the other way when we see a problem. But all we accomplish doing that is sending the problem somewhere else. That’s what happens when we banish an alcoholic or addicts from the family;. or when we the tell a suspected sexual predator to get out of the company and out of town. Some of you may have seen the film “The Jane Austen Book Club”. Well, the character Prudie sent her unmanageable stoner mother back home, where she soon died in a fatal accident. This story is fiction, but in real life, other people could have died as well.

      Dr. Murray could have run, and should have. But the problem would have just gone somewhere else. Michael Jackson was responsible for his own death. And his own life too.

    • Mike Field

      Reportedly, Michael Jackson could not sleep without propofol. His slang term for the drug was “milk”. Dr. Murray could have told Jackson to get help, but in the end his only option was to leave. Murray should have left. But get Jackson the help he needed? No, not possible in the real world. Jackson ‘s mental demons were of such a nature that he had to escape them. Anyone who could imagine a sober Michael Jackson living with himself is in serious denial.

    • PhilJ

      Helen, Keith Richards is even more of an addict, but still alive and writing books.

      Mike, Dr. Murray should have gotten Jackson the help he needed, not the drugs he demanded. I don’t truly know who’s idea it was to use the anesthetic as a sleep aid, but it was clearly Dr. Murray’s choice to be the facilitator for the improper use of the drug. And it was the improper use of the drug that killed Jackson. The court finding of guilty was clearly the correct one. Jackson was dead, and trying a dead man is a fruitless exercise.

    • LibelFreeZone

      Helen, since you can see into the future, please tell me what the stock market’s going to do tomorrow. I’ll buy some options today.

      Your faulty thinking is what Judge Pastor corrected from the bench.

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  • Surfin Bird

    The only reason he was arrested and convicted was because the person who died in his care (Michael Jackson)was celebrity.

    Mr. Murray did not receive a fair trial

    • Astonished

      I disagree with you. While it is true that the celebrity status of Murray’s victim brought out the media, it isn’t the reason he was convicted. Murray absolutely received a fair trial and was properly convicted because:

      1. He was using a drug that was never meant to be used outside of a hospital.
      2. He failed to properly monitor a sedated patient.
      3. He failed to acquire the proper support equipment, let alone personnel, to monitor a deeply sedated patient.
      4. He abandoned his patient while that patient was sedated.
      5. He failed to keep any, let alone adequate, records of his medical treatment of his patient.
      6. He tried to cover up the large purchases of propofol by having them shipped to addresses other than his patient’s.
      7. He lied to the paramedics.
      8. He lied to the hospital staff
      9. He lied to the police
      10. He made sure he altered the scene where his patient died.
      11. He waited 20 minutes before alerting anyone that 911 needed to be called.
      12. He phoned his girlfriend before calling 911.
      13. He was incapable of performing CPR effectively.

      I could go on and on, but it doesn’t matter. Regardless of the life style his patient lived, Murray was, at the least, incompetent, and at his worst, criminally negligent. Just because you have a patient that is rich (?) and famous, doesn’t mean you acquiece to their every whim. That’s why he was the doctor. His job was to safeguard his patient not enable his addiction!

      As far as I’m concerned Murray didn’t get what he should have for his disgusting lack of care, concern and professionalism in caring for his patient. Murray should be doing 25 to life without possiblity of parole. As it is, this is just a small bump in the road for a person who doesn’t think he should be responsible for his actions and couldn’t care less that his negligence cause death and pain to others.

      Murray should never and I mean NEVER, again be allowed to administer care to any thing that has a lifecycle EVER!!

    • Kathleen3

      I agree. Today, at sentencing, this judge, Pastor, made a fool of himself. This man was more interested in appealing to an audience and the Jackson family than he was in honoring his oath of office. I would assume anyone would be granted a retrial were they to play a video of this clown passing himself off as a judge.

      • icecream

        I am shocked that so many of you are in favor of a castrated, Linsey Lohan-type justice.
        Murray was greedy, foolish and incompetent. A man, son, father, brother is dead because of poor, improper, illegal medical practices.

      • Dee

        Why are you holding the judge to his oath but not the doctor? The “DOCTOR” threw away his oath in favor of money and didn’t honor his oath either.. so we’re even… mmmk?

    • Ferg

      I can’t imagine a doctor acting in this manor. i know my family doctor wouldn’t even think of doing the things this doctor did. outrageous…you took an oath!

      • Diane Garinger


    • Truth and Justice

      He was convicted before the kangaroo court proceedings.began.

  • Mary Wright

    Too bad they didn’t charge him with second degree murder.

  • george


  • helen

    Hollywood Reporter love your comment!!

  • H. Johnson

    Michael Jackson was a drug addict and more likely than no a child molester. He hired this physician to supply him with drugs. His death was a result of his own behavior, the doctor was an innocent bystander. This is definitely not justice.

    • liz4

      The love of money is the root of all evil….why did he cling on to his rich patient, who describe in such livid detail?

      • liz4

        sorry for the typo…

        it should read, “…who you describe in such detail?”

  • H. Johnson

    Pretty accurate observation.

  • Big B

    You people make me sick you don’t even know theses people and how you make outlandish statements of your own disgusting opinions oh is it because someone went on the tube and told you these crazy ideas. We live in a sick world were someones opinion can be swayed by the T.V. Shut the dam thing off and look around you we have got way bigger problems we our facing than to criticize someone you don’t even know. You all are going to wake up one day and regret that you did’nt pay more attention to things that matter!

    • hiway280z

      agree with you .People are so mean. Most of the people’s comments says they would kill him and justify it .

    • MJ's A Sicko Pedophile

      Oh, and YOU know the demented Jackson family, Big B?! LOL Why don’t YOU wake up and smell the burnt coffee, dear? These people are only saying what is TRUE. Sorry if it hurts your tender feelings. *sniff*

  • Health

    Another doctor in jail is a good deal.

  • LibelFreeZone

    There’s absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Michael Jackson was a child molester–which is why he was acquitted on 14 counts. End of story.

    • sknyrd77

      Yeah, just like O.J. was “acquitted” of murder-end of story…

    • dave

      MJ’s A Sicko Pedophile here is a simple FACT the boy that accused MJ of touching him was asked to discribe MJs genitals he did so AND WAS TOTALLY WRONG IN HIS DISCRIPTION matter of court record. was MJ dumb for hanging with kids like he did?? SURE but does that mean he was doing the nasty with them NO they NEVER were able to prove that he did ANYTHING to ANY kid and THAT IS WHY he was aquited SIMPLE FACT

    • Stryker 21

      He sure paid a lot of hush money though. The world is free of another pedophile drug addict.

    • MJ's A Sicko Pedophile

      There was a plethora of evidence that MJ was/is a child molester, a.k.a. pedophile. You and I both know, Libel, that it was his mucho dinero that saved his behind multiple times, just like it did for OJ Simpson. End of story.

    • Pope Benedict XVI

      Propofol injections? It wasn’t the first time something inappropriate was stuck into a victim in Michael Jackson’s bed.

    • Paul Mills

      Yeah, and OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony, by the same logic, were not killers.

    • too real

      He settled most of the cases oiut of court

  • Veritas

    Michael Jackson, is responsible for his own death. He is the one, who requested the drugs from Dr. Conrad, and other medical professionals. He was a hard core addict, and freak of nature. Also, Latoya, “Michael is watching over us,” could not be more wrong! Michael was a sick, child molester, who is certainly getting his just rewards in hell!

    • Mike Field

      In the end, Michael Jackson paid for whatever he did. Dr. Murray’s conviction does not vindicate Jackson. But don’t be like Percy Wetmore, the twisted death row guard in “The Green Mile”.

  • The Clintidote

    Looks like that mooching Jackson family of parasites has found a new teat to latch onto.

  • Becka

    I happen to agree with you on your post. The Jackson Family was clearly not a close-knit group. I think they are all a bit touched in the head, honestly. Their feigned victim status at the loss of Michael has really been over the top. I’ve never bought into that for a moment.

  • Simi Valley Guy


    There was ample evidence that MJ was a child molester. What was missing was a conviction whiich he, like OJ before him, managed to avoid. But, the evidence was overwhelming.

    Another case where emotion trumpted justice.

  • Dallas Mcmillan

    How can he owe 101 million in restitution when it has been reported many times that Michael, like Elvis, was worth more dead than alive?

  • Jaron

    Restitution? Are you kidding me? Killing MJ made more money for MJ’s estate than could have been imagined. Murray is a financial genius!

  • Shecky Greenberg

    What is Conrad going to do in jail for 2 years ? BEAT IT !

  • Shecky Greenberg

    Jackson was an ass clown. He wanted drugs,,,,well he got them. Joe Jackson said he was so mad he plans on digging up Michael and hitting him with his belt.

  • Cathy

    Dr. Murray enabled Michael Jacksons’ dangerous prescription drug habits and provided the final medicinal nail in the popstar’s coffin. Dr. Murray’s reponsibiliy to “First, do no harm” was vastly overshadowed by his desire for the fortune he got to be an addict’s yes- man. I am glad Dr. Murray will be stripped of his license to practice medicine. I think Michael was headed on the train to self destruction… But Dr. Murray greased the tracks.


    All of you who insist on bringing up OJ, let’s be really fair and start to say Robert Blake every time you want to talk about an injustice in the courtroom.

  • TheTruth

    Paul Mills & others, that is the truth. It doesn’t matter WHAT you think, you need to respect the fact that those individuals were acquitted. Also, look at Michael Jackson’s overall psychological profile, he does NOT fit into the mold of a child molester.


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  • Fred

    How come he doesn’t get the Lohan discount, which would mean about 10 days in jail. After all, it was his first offense. Seriously, MJ is guilty of contributory negligence in asking for drugs from someone not skilled in their use.. The doctor is guilty as well

  • Kee Barclay

    Let him stay in jail until he pays the 100 M fine.

    • susan

      Afterall, the money is the only thing the family is interested in anyway.

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