Conrad Murray sentenced to four years in Jackson death
LOS ANGELES – The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was sentenced to four years in jail on Tuesday.
In scathing words, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor described cardiologist Conrad Murray as "reckless" and a liar, someone who is a "danger to the community" with "no sense of remorse and no sense of fault" for Jackson's death.
Calling him "a disgrace to the medical profession … an honorable profession which bears the scourge of what happened here," Pastor also ruled that Murray would be required to make restitution to the estate of Jackson, his children and other family members. The amount will be determined at a later date.
The judge repeatedly chastised Murray for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson.
"Experimental medicine is not going to be tolerated, and Mr. Jackson was an experiment," Pastor said. "The fact that (Jackson) participated in it does not excuse or lessen the pain for Dr. Murray, who simply could have walked away or said no as countless others did."
Murray, 58, did not speak on his behalf and sat stone-faced with his hands crossed through the sentencing hearing, which began with a collective statement from the Jackson family read by attorney and family friend Brian Panish.
There is "no way to adequately describe the loss of" Jackson, the statement said, questioning whether it is "really possible that he is gone?"
"It is simply against the natural order of things," the statement said.
"There is nothing you can do today that will bring Michael back," the statement said. But the family asked for "justice," and in a pre-sentencing interview, mother Katherine Jackson asked for the maximum four years allowed by law.
Several members of Jackson's family, including Katherine and siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie, attended the proceedings.
After sentencing, Murray mouthed the words "I love you" to his mother and girlfriend in the courtroom.
Murray's mother, Mita Rush, sat alone on a bench in the courthouse hallway after the sentencing.
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