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Dr. Conrad Murray

Sentenced to the Maximum

11/29/2011 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Judge Michael Pastor threw the book at Dr. Conrad Murray
Judge Michael Pastor threw the book at Dr. Conrad Murray, sentencing him to 4 YEARS IN PRISON.  But Murray will not spend a single day in prison because of a new California law.  He'll serve his time in L.A. County Jail.  And in jail, at most Murray will only serve half the sentence.
 
The judge was angry, talking repeatedly about Dr. Murray's documentary in which he laid the blame at Michael Jackson's doorstep.  The documentary clearly weighed in the judge's decision to give Murray the max.

As for restitution, Judge Pastor ordered Dr. Murray to pay "appropriate restitution" to the Estate and to MJ's kids at a later date ... but the judge seemed dubious about the $100 million request by the prosecution.  

Judge Pastor ruled Murray must pay an $800 fine, a $30 court security fee, and a $40 criminal conviction assessment. 

Judge Pastor said, "There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint.  There are those who feel he's the devil.  He is neither.  He's a human being." 

Judge Pastor says it's irrelevant to him that Michael might have met this fate with some other doctor.  The fact is, Pastor said, Michael Jackson died because of the actions of ... Dr. Murray."

The judge said he looked at Murray's whole life, and he was impressed.  But he added Dr. Murray's recklessness with Jackson overshadowed the doc's good deeds, calling the treatment, "a cycle of horrible medicine."

The Judge noted, "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies."
 
The Judge was incredulous, saying far from being remorseful, "There's umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent."  The judge was making note of Murray's critical comments about MJ in his recently-aired documentary.

In the end, the judge said, "Dr. Murray abandoned his patient," calling his conduct ... "medicine madness,"  "egregious" and "a disgrace to the medical profession."

Brian Panish, attorney for Jackson family, read a statement:  "We still look at each other in disbelief.  Is it really possible he is gone?"  The statement goes on ...  "We are not here to seek revenge.  There is nothing you can do here today that will bring Michael back."  In terms of the sentence, the family said: "We respectfully request you impose a sentence that reminds physicians they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder."

Prosecutor David Walgren, who asked the judge to impose the maximum, 4-year prison sentence, reminded the judge ... Dr. Murray repeatedly lied to authorities about the events in the bedroom where Michael died.  He also noted the recklessness of Murray's medical treatment.   Walgren called Murray's treatment a "pharmaceutical experiment."  Walgren said, "The defendant was playing Russian Roulette with Michael Jackson's life every single night."

Walgren also asked for $100 million in restitution for MJ's kids, because that's what Michael Jackson would have made in the "This Is It" tour. Walgren also wanted Murray to pay a fair amount for the $1.8 million funeral.

Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, told Judge Pastor, Dr. Murray did not want to address the court, but the lawyer said no doubt Jackson's death is a tragedy that demands punishment, but Murray's "book of life" is much better than this one chapter.  Chernoff noted Murray was born "dirt poor" in Grenada and led an exemplary life that made him a cardiologist. But Chernoff noted Murray "will always be known as the guy who killed Michael Jackson."  Chernoff did say, "Michael Jackson was a drug seeker, and Dr. Murray was wrong in providing it."

As for restitution ... Chernoff shockingly never addressed the obvious -- that Jackson is worth more dead than alive.  All he said was Murray couldn't afford to pay it..

Murray Found Guilty

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106.

CC    

The defense attorneys truly sucked. Murray needs to fire each of them and hire competent council for his appeal.

1028 days ago
107.

Kartrashian Klown    

"Walgren also wanted Murray to pay a fair amount for the $1.8 million funeral."

Why was Murray gonna have to pay that amount? I mean, I know he caused his death but was it really necessary to have a costy funeral like that? It's the family and estate that decided to have a funeral worth millions. I don't think Murray should pay for that, I mean, come on..he was a doctor..he was no Michael Jackson to have that kind of money laying around.

1028 days ago
108.

naomi    

The judge really liked to hear himself talk!! One doctor down, will they go after the others doctors who harmed and pandered to MJ? They should get all the others. Not a MJ fan or fan of family, but they have to punish all doctors..

1028 days ago
109.

HumanNature    

WELL, WELL, WELL!!!!


LOOK HERE "DUMB AS DIRT" CROWD!!!!!


YOU HERO IS GOING STRAIGHT TO "JAIL"!!!!


CAN'T PASS "GO"!!!!


AND DEFINITELY WON'T BE COLLECTING $350,000!!!!

1028 days ago
110.

prometheus04    

Let's see just how overcrowded those Cali jails are for an old black man. They sure are full when your a rich white girl who is a habitual offender get sentenced!

1028 days ago
111.

Alan    

If Lee Baca lets this Voodoo doctor out of county jail early, the citizens of LA County will VOTE Baca out of office. That's my prediction.

1028 days ago
112.

craig     

REGARDLES OF THE 4 YEARS THIS JUDGE WOULD NOT SHUT UP. ALL HE DID WAS YAP YAP. HE SOUND LIKE A ****. JUST SAY YOU GET 4 YEARS AND THATS ALL. I WOULD NOT SIT AND LISTEN TO HIS MOUTH REGARDLES OF THE VERDICT. IS DR MURRY A REAL THREAT COME ON IS HE GOING TO GO AROUND SHOOTING UP PEOPLE WITH PROPOFOL. WE NEED TO PUT REAL DANGEROUS GANG THUGS IN JAIL. MJ IS MAKING MORE MONEY DEAD THAN ALIVE. 100 MILLION SURE PUT ME ON A PAYMENT PLAN.

1028 days ago
113.

HumanNature    

WHEN THE "QUACK" GET OUT OF JAIL!!!!!


TELL THE "LOSER" DON'T WRITE A BOOK OR DO ANY INTERVIEWS OR DO***ENTARY!!!!


CAUSE HE WILL HAVE TO PAY MJ3 FIRST!!!!!

1028 days ago
114.

YouDontSay    

The statement from the Jackson family was right on about no doctor should go to the highest bidder. It is too common.

1028 days ago
115.

Bean    

Maybe the family will shut up now. It's the Dr's fault as much as it was MJ's, thinking he can get what ever he wants and when. So sick of the whole thing.

1028 days ago
116.

Coduscus    

Look at his arms:
http://tinyurl.com/cg6rqk5

1028 days ago
117.

jujubee    

if conrad is in jail they better be going after arnold klein next..u know, the guy who gave mj demerol 3X a week all the way up to his rehearsals saying he needed it for "botox injections" murray was wrong too but if this judge wants to talk about bad practice and negligence then he has a handful of doctors to scope out, murray wasn't mj's only doctor

1028 days ago
118.

HumanNature    

LOOK HERE "DUMB AS DIRT" CROWN!!!!!


YOU "LOSER" HERO WILL SERVE THE MAXIMUM IN JAIL!!!!


NO EARLY RELEASE FOR THE VOODOO "QUACK"!!!!!


THE SHERIFF DEPT. HAS MADE A SPECIAL CELL FOR THE "DRUG DEALER"!!!!!

1028 days ago
119.

flaco75    

IM GLAD IT'ALL OVER!!! TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THIS EVERYDAY. BUT!!!!....IT'S ALL A HOAX. JUST LOOK AT THE CALIFORNIA SEAL WHICH SHOWS 32 STARS (ORIGINAL SEAL HAS 31 STARS). (SEAL IS FAKE & SO IS THIS TRIAL)

1028 days ago
120.

bec    

Judge Pastor for President!

1028 days ago
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