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Michael Jackson killer Conrad Murray Jailed 4 Years
 
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29-Nov-2011  
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MICHAEL Jackson's killer doc Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years in jail.

His punishment — the maximum possible — was announced after he came face to face once again with the singer's family.

Judge Michael Pastor said he was concerned Murray had "created" the singer's vulnerability before "abandoning his patient".

He said the evidence showed a "continuous pattern of lies and deceit" by Murray - whose conduct was described as "egregious" and a "disgrace to the medical profession".

And although the phsyician was legally eligible for probation, the judge did not think Murray was suitable as he had failed to show any "remorse".

Instead, the judge noted Murray had expressed "umbrage and outrage" against the star.

Jacko's family La Toya, Rebbie, Jermaine, Randy and mum Katherine Jackson were in court to hear the doc's actions described as a "horrific violation of trust".

The judge was referring to when Murray had recorded a phone call with Jacko — who was slurring his words — at his "most vulnerable point".

Earlier the court heard an emotional victim impact statement from the Jacksons, read out by family friend Brian Panish. On behalf of Jacko's mum Katherine, his brothers and sisters as well as his children, he expressed their sense of shock after the singer had died.

He told the LA court that Jackson's relatives did not want "revenge" but "justice", and of their hope that the sentence would reflect 58-year-old Murray's actions.

Mr Panish added: "There is no way to adequately describe the loss of a beloved father, son, brother and friend. We still look at each other in disbelief." The statement — which revealed the heartache of the King of Pop's children who will now "grow up without a father, our best friend, our playmate and friend" — continued: "We are not here to seek revenge but we will keep the love in our hearts that Michael embodied throughout his life.

"We respectfully request you impose a sentence that demonstrates that physicians cannot sell their services to the highest bidder and cast aside their Hippocratic oath, as we all know doing so can have devastating results."

Murray was found guilty of the singer's involuntary manslaughter following a six-week trial. After nine hours of deliberations, the jury decided Jacko's former personal physician killed him with a massive dose of hospital anaesthetic Propofol.

Murray claimed the troubled Thriller star — who was battling chronic insomnia at the time of his death in June 2009 — had caused his own demise by overdosing on a powerful anaesthetic.

But the jury decided the doctor pumped the 50-year-old full of such a massive amount of Propofol he was certain to die. The court heard the drug — that Murray administered on a nightly basis as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts — is supposed to be used in hospital settings and has never been approved for sleep treatment.

Murray declined to testify during the trial — instead he opted to take part in a documentary in which he said he didn't consider himself guilty of any crime and blamed Jackson for entrapping him into giving the medicine.

His lawyers contended throughout the case that Jackson must have given himself the fatal dose when Murray left his bedside. Prosecutors also wanted Judge Pastor to order the killer doc to pay compensation over the cash Jackson would have earned had he lived.

They are demanding Murray pays up to the Billie Jean singer's kids Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine.

But it is unlikely Murray will be able to pay any sizable sum as he was deeply in debt when he agreed to become Jacko's personal physician for £95,940 a month. During the trial, a jury heard a slurred recording of the superstar dad — who found fame as a baby-faced member of the Jackson Five in the 1970s — on Murray's mobile phone.

It revealed the ambition of the entertainer, who said about his "This Is It" concerts in London: "We have to be phenomenal.

"When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world."'

Murray showed no emotion as he was hauled off to jail in handcuffs earlier this month moments after he was found guilty.
 
 
 
Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3968135/Jackson-killer-Conrad-br-Murray-jailed-4-years.html
 
 

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