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UPDATE: Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has been sentenced to the maximum term of four years behind bars.

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday, three weeks after a jury convicted the cardiologist of involuntary manslaughter. The judge chastised him for a "horrific violation of trust" in caring for Jackson.

Prosecutors had urged the judge to sentence the doctor to the maximum, arguing his treatment of Jackson with a powerful anesthetic ended the life of the King of Pop and left his three children without a father.

Attorneys for the 58-year-old Murray argued that probation was a more appropriate sentence, given his lack of a criminal history and the fact he will lose his medical license.

Murray could serve half of the four years because of overcrowding in California jails.



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's doctor will face the singer's distraught family and ardent fans one more time when he returns to court for sentencing in the death of the superstar.

The hearing Tuesday will be the first time Dr. Conrad Murray has been back to court since he was jailed after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Nov. 7.

It's unclear if any Jackson family members will speak during sentencing.

Prosecutors are seeking the maximum four-year prison term and restitution by Murray.

The physician's attorneys argue that probation is more appropriate because Murray is already facing a life of shame and diminished opportunities.

Murray had been giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid in the singer's bedroom, which experts testified was an egregious violation of the standard of care.


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