Michael Jackson's Doctor Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail

Dr. Conrad Murray, right, the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death faces a procedural hearing Monday, Apr. 5, 2010, at the Los Angeles Superior Court downtown Los Angeles. At left is and his attorney John Michael Flanagan.  (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)

Dr. Conrad Murray, right, the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death faces a procedural hearing Monday, Apr. 5, 2010, at the Los Angeles Superior Court downtown Los Angeles. At left is and his attorney John Michael Flanagan. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)

The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars.

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a
jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The
judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust" in caring
for Jackson.

Prosecutors had urged the judge to sentence the doctor to the
maximum, arguing his treatment of Jackson with a powerful
anesthetic ended the life of the King of Pop and left his three
children without a father.

Attorneys for the 58-year-old Murray argued that probation was a
more appropriate sentence, given his lack of a criminal history and
the fact he will lose his medical license.

Murray could serve half of the four years because of overcrowding in California jails.

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