Conrad Murray Sentence
November 29, 2011 by staff
Jackson’s mother, Katherine, hopes Murray gets the harshest sentence possible: four years in a state prison.
“I don’t believe that he intended for Michael to die,” Katherine Jackson said Monday. “He was just taking a chance.”
At the sentencing Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has a choice ranging between probation and up to four years in a state prison. But measures to relieve California prison and jail crowding could significantly shorten his time locked up.
Prosecutors successfully argued that Murray’s reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer’s death.
Testimony during his trial revealed that Murray gave propofol nearly every night in the two months before the singer’s death on June 25, 2009, as Jackson prepared for his comeback concerts set for London the next month.
Murray was found guilty three weeks ago.
Katherine Jackson and several of her children will be in court for the sentencing Tuesday, but her grandchildren Prince, Paris and Blanket will not. They’ll be at school, she said.
She was uncertain whether anyone from the family would speak in court, but she was interviewed by a probation officer who will include her thoughts in the report to the judge, Jackson said.
Murray’s mother, Milta Rush, wrote a letter to the judge asking for mercy, saying “his compassion and his soft heartedness for others led to this dilemma.”
Prosecutors are asking for the maximum four years behind bars, and they want Murray to pay Jackson’s children more than $100 million in restitution. Defense lawyers want probation, not prison time.
Each side will have a chance to present oral arguments Tuesday, but their positions were detailed in sentencing memos filed with the judge last week.
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