Four-year sentence urged for Conrad Murray
Los Angeles, CA, United States
November 28, 2011 10:08 am EST
Arts, Culture And Entertainment, Entertainment, Crime, Law And Justice, Punishment, Human Interest, People, Human Mishap
Prosecutors hope that Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, will be sentenced to the maximum four years in prison for the pop singer's death.
Defense attorneys for Dr. Murray are hoping to convince Los Angeles trial judge Michael Pastor to sentence the doctor to probation. They maintain that Murray is already in a prison of self-punishment and should receive probation.
On Tuesday, Pastor will hand down his sentence for Murray, who is currently in jail awaiting the court date.
Jackson was found dead at his mansion on June 25, 2009, just a few weeks before he was to embark on a comeback tour set to begin in London.
Murray was at the King of Pop's home and had given him the powerful anesthetic propofol, which was determined to be the cause of the singer's death.
Testimonies by doctors and other health experts said that propofol should have never been administered in a home setting without the proper staffing and equipment.
In arguing for the maximum sentence, prosecutors say that Murray took advantage of Jackson's trust while receiving a $150,000 a month salary.
Defense attorneys say Murray's reputation and character warrant probation, not prison.
The doctor has been in prison since Nov. 7 awaiting sentencing.
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