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Dr. Conrad Murray

If Convicted ...

He May End Up On House Arrest

10/14/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If Dr. Conrad Murray is convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to the maximum -- 4 years in state prison -- he will not spend a single day in prison ... and he could end up on house arrest.

A new law went into effect in California on October 1, which says, because of overcrowding, people convicted of non-violent felonies cannot be sent to State prison.  Instead, non-violent felons serve their time in county jail.

Law enforcement tells TMZ ... involuntary manslaughter is a non-violent felony, which means if Murray is convicted he'd go to L.A. County Jail.

As for how much time Murray would serve ... L.A. County Sheriff's officials tell TMZ ... Murray would be jailed for half the actual sentence.  So if he gets the max -- 4 years -- he would only serve 2. 

But there's a twist ... Murray could actually serve way less than 2 years.  Because of severe overcrowding, inmates are eligible for house arrest, based on 2 factors -- their prior criminal history, and risk to the community.  Murray has a clean record and, as one law enforcement official put it, he poses no risk ... it's not like he's going to go out with a bottle of Propofol and kill people.

So if the jail is filled to the gills, the Sheriff could put him on house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet.   But one official from the Sheriff's Department told us ... Murray wouldn't be placed on house arrest right out of the box.  He would almost certainly do some time before the jailhouse doors would open.


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Brigha from UK: 9 hours ago
I think this trial is now over.
The 'scheduling' issues which brought the trial to a halt yesterday are almost certainly discussions regarding a plea deal. The damning testimony from the two medical experts were the final nail in Murrays coffin, so I expect that first thing Monday morning, Murray will plead guilty and that will be it.


You may very well be right. Flanagan was obviously at his wits’ end and gave up. Nothing more to say.
And while Murray looked half asleep during wide parts of the trial – yesterday he seemed strained and stressed for the first time. These witnesses were not anybody, they were absolute and highly acknowledged authorities in their field. Being publicly crucified by them, who basically are colleagues!, and feeling chased away with name and shame from their medical circle must have been devastating.
I guess Murray has a dark premonition now how his life will be after the medical license is revoked; something the testimonies hopefully have contributed to! No reputation, no honor, no dignity, all sunk in gallons of propofol.
Even if it is a crying shame I can understand to some extend why Murray possibly gets away with house arrest. But if he still is allowed to practice medicine in future – then I’ll completely lose my faith in justice.

1083 days ago

That's Right    

His life is forever ruined if he serves time in prison or not! He is the man who killed MJ, no one will forget that. Even if he is able to keep his medical license who will see him as a patient or which hospital will hire him? However he might make money selling his story for a movie or book deal, which I hope the family or court will prevent. His life will never be the same. KARMA

1083 days ago


Prayers for Michael's children, the Jackson family and extended family members. May their bond of love keep them united and strong. Much love for all of them.

1083 days ago


Thanks Phantom. Keep doing what you do! I love viewing the videos, concerts, pictorials, interviews, and all things "Michael Joseph Jackson" that you find for us that's positive. His selfless love will never be forgotten.

1083 days ago


One of the lunatics favorite word is karma
If there is such a thing as karma guess who ended up in a golden casket.
The jury was blinded by his fame but not karma.

1083 days ago

Kevin Jee    

To me all the circus around Dr Murray sounds just sooo hypocrite! Superstars always get medecines they ask from doctors... It is just how it goes... Privileges to superstars... But when you got such privileges, it is on your side to deal properly with it... Michael over-exagerated with it, he's the only one to blame! And don't talk to me about the fault of Dr Murray, who should have acted other ways... Because this not how real live goes behind superstars walls...

1083 days ago


this man(if you wanna call him that) belongs in prison. They need to take his license away and make him work at burger king, carl's jr. whatever! suffer

1083 days ago


House Arrest???? HOUSE ARREST??? WTF?? This guy should be sent straight to "The Big House!!" He didn't call 911 in a timely manner, he tried to cover-up what happened, he's been lieing his nuts off from the start, he knowly administered the drug improperly, etc. Nah, Conrad's ass needs a prison cell for 10 years!

1083 days ago




IF: a supposition; uncertain possibility


1083 days ago


The judge only has discretion to choose which level, and must order the sentence proscribed for that level. Involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of either 24, 36, or 48 months in California, depending on the judge's determination of the severity.

1083 days ago


What is done is done.
The pedo is gone.

1083 days ago


Drug offenders should not be prosecuted. The imprisonment of drug offenders is WHY our prisons are overcrowded! MJ was a junkie anyway so who cares if Dr Murray never serves any time in an actual prison.

1083 days ago

Dose Of Reality    

Why do the moronic fans THINK they knew MJ. You didn't and it should be abundantly clear at this point. Not a god, not a saint and for the most part, not a good man. Oh, he did stuff for charity? Big deal, any, and most people with his money give to charity. And be realistic about what he gave and how much, and what he wasted and the times he could have helped but was too busy hiding from the world and feeling sorry for himself.

1083 days ago
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