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Conrad Murray Sentenced To Four Years In Jail For The Death Of Michael Jackson

After a grueling six-week trial that ended earlier this month in his conviction on involuntary manslaughter, Conrad Murray, the personal physician for Michael Jackson, was sentenced to four years of jail time Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

The prosecution had asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor for Murray to receive the maximum four years in jail, while the defense argued that Murray should have been given probation, as his medical license was revoked and he is hated across the world as the man who killed the world’s most beloved pop star.

“Whether he’s a barrista… or a greeter at Wal-Mart, he’s now just the man who killed Michael Jackson,” Ed Chernoff, one of Murray’s attorneys, said during the plea for leniency. “That’s really who he is now. He’s not a doctor. That’s who he is.”

But Judge Pastor gave a forceful explanation of how the jury of 12 people, from remarkably different walks of life, unanimously agreed that Murray was guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He asserted that Jackson died not because of a “one off” accident or mistake, but because of the totality of Murray’s decisions, which Pastor characterized as a, “pattern of deceit,” and lies. His admonishment of Murray before he announced the decision — including calling the secret tape-recording of a conversation between Murray and Jackson a, “horrific violation of trust,” and an element that stood out as a “failure of character” on Murray’s part — did nothing to obscure his scorn for the doctor.

Judge Pastor unsurprisingly took the idea of probation off the table in the middle of his speech, “for a host of reasons,” before eventually sentencing Murray to the maximum term. The term, under new guidelines, will automatically be cut to two years; Murray could spend the rest under home confinement under California Law.

“There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint. There are those who feel Dr. Murray is the devil,” Judge Pastor explained during the sentencing. “He is neither. He’s a human being.”

Watch the sentencing via Fox News below:

UPDATE: A Mediaite hat tip to Andrew Katz for pointing out that Murray will be serving his time in county jail, not state prison. You can read about the differences between the two here.

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