Just three weeks after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray’s impending fate was finally revealed. The court sentenced the doctor to serve four years in a state prison for administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic, propofol, to the legendary King of Pop, which ultimately led to his death.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor explained his reasoning behind the sentence (which was the maximum punishment possible), saying Murray “violated the trust of the medical community, of his colleagues and of his patient” and added “he has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault, and is and remains dangerous.” The Judge also called Murray’s “gross continuing deviation” from physician’s standards “a disgrace to the medical profession.”
At a sentencing hearing, Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told the court, “We’re are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing that you can do today that will bring back Michael.” But the family still hoped Murray would receive the maximum prison sentence possible as a way to ensure justice. So now, at the conclusion of a long-awaited decision, we are just left to ask ourselves — does the punishment really fit the crime?
Check out the sentencing below: