Michael Jackson’s doctor sentenced to four years

Wednesday November 30, 2011

Dr Conrad Murray, the cardiologist accused of causing Michael Jackson's death, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Delivering the sentence, Judge Michael Pastor condemned the doctor for "abandoning his patient" and "playing Russian roulette" with the singer's life.

"Dr Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine" he added.

The physician had remained unemotional for much of the proceedings, but closed his eyes after Judge Michael Pastor delivered the four-year term.

An LA court official has revealed that the sentence will automatically be halved because of legislation designed to ease overcrowding in California jails.

So the medic will serve a total of two years - minus the 47 days he has already been in custody.

The prosecution case centres on the fact that Conrad Murray administered lethal doses of the anaesthetic propofol in order to treat the singer’s chronic insomnia.

As well as his prison term, the doctor also stands to lose his medical license.

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