Conrad Murray Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For The Manslaughter Death Of Michael Jackson


Earlier this month we learned that Conrad Murray was found guilty of the manslaughter death of Michael Jackson and today we learn the fate of his conviction. Murray was back in court this morning to be sentenced for the crime he was convicted of and the ruling judge decided to throw the book at him. The maximum punishment for manslaughter is 4 years in prison … and that is exactly the sentence that Murray got slapped with. BUT, not so fast … because of a new law in California, Murray will NOT go to prison — he’ll go to jail instead. Nor will he serve the full 4 years — he’ll likely be out after 2 years. In addition, Murray has been ordered to pay restitution of about $900. So that works out to … 2 years in jail and $900 for the death of Michael Jackson. I guess justice has been served.

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. 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 — a documentary which apparently bit Murray in the butt. In the end, the judge said, “Dr. Murray abandoned his patient,” calling his conduct “egregious” and “a disgrace to the medical profession.”

One might think that the punishment for having a hand in the untimely death of the King of Pop might be more severe … but circumstances being what they are … Murray will actually only serve about 2 years in a cushy county jail … and will only be forced to pay $900. I mean … wow … can you believe this? I guess the judge decided to throw the book at Murray because he knew that would be the ONLY way for him to serve any kind of punishment at all. A lesser sentence would’ve been watered down to almost no jail time at all. I know the Jackson family was hoping for the maximum sentence … but I sincerely doubt they will be happy with the reality of Murray’s punishment.

What do y’all think? Has justice been served? Is this enough punishment to pay for the death of Michael Jackson?


  • Meghan

    It’s to be expected. With the overcrowding in CA jails, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is out in less than 2. It’s unfortunate, but he wasn’t looking at very much jail time to begin with. At least he can never practice medicine again.

  • I thought the jail sentence (or lack thereof) would bother me, but his life is essentially ruined. Between losing his medical license and all the press surrounding him since MJ died, there is no way his life will ever be what it was again. That is a hefty punishment, he will pay, even if it isn’t in prison.

    • Krissy

      I agree. Practically speaking, I would rather violent criminals that have raped, abused, and murdered people get more time than criminals like Dr. Murray. What he did was very wrong and incredibly neglectful, but I don’t think he intended to kill Mr. Jackson. I think society is more endanger if those other kinds of criminals are released early, than if Dr. Murray is released early. At least he isn’t able to practice medicine anymore.

    • Krissy

      Woops, that should be “in danger” not “endanger”.

  • Baybridget

    He’ll have a book deal in no time. Ugh.

  • Chrissie

    Dr. Murray let money get in the way of his medical integrity. I think it’s fair to consider that Michael Jackson was bound to meet a fate like this sooner or later, given how dependent he was on these drugs, and Dr. Murray was irresponsible for playing a part in what happened. And he’ll certainly pay for that. But what really bothers me is that Michael Jackson died without anyone – business associates, family, friends – setting him straight, or even trying to. He was used for his money and for who he was, and died because no one had his best interests at heart and didn’t have the courage or the will to make him aware of the danger he was putting himself in. Just as Dr. Murray is responsible for his death, I see his family as being just as responsible due to their inability to do the hard, but right, thing. There’s no winners here.

    • Krissy

      I agree with a lot of what you said, however I don’t think you can make the assumption that no one told Michael about the danger of what he was doing. Other doctors have said that they turned Michael and his requests for Propofol down, and I also heard that his family tried to do an intervention in Las Vegas.

    • gayana

      100% agree!

      there is no need to repeat that MJ was a drug addict needing help….but I totally agree that his family including sisters and brothers are equally responsible for his death, yet La Toya Jackson, whom i lost total respect for, yelled out loud at the court “yesss” when Doctor Murray’s sentence was announced…

      that was disgusting.

      Dr.Murray should have never agreed to be MJ’s doctor and it’s MJ who put him to jail, prison, whatever it will be.

  • Kelly

    Im not saying he didn’t do anything wrong but solely blaming Conrad Murray on Michael Jackson death is not right. Michael was a drug addict plan and simple. He would of got his fix any which way if it wasn’t Conrad Murray it would be another. Ultlmely is a tragedy either way and he kind of was the fall guy in this and not seeing the problem was Michael and the people around him

    • @Kelly — “He would of got his fix any which way if it wasn’t Conrad Murray it would be another.” This is not a defense nor is it proof of innocence. Murders happen every day, every minute. Rapes happen every day, every minute. I guess since someone’s gonna commit murder or rape, then you really can’t blame a single individual criminal for the crime because someone else is going to do it anyway … right? Do you see how foolhardy that logic is? The bottom line is that Dr. Murray swore an oath to save lives. It doesn’t matter if MJ was a drug addict who begged for drugs … if a doctor knowingly contributes to drug abuse that leads to the death of anyone, they are 100% guilty and deserving of the harshest punishment available.

    • Ashley

      But there is no proof Michael was an addict who begged for drugs. That’s hearsay and speculation, because the autopsy report showed that he was in general good health for a man his age and the addictive substances in his system were what Murray was giving him. So if he was an addict, Murray was his dealer. But even if Michael was an addict, that doesn’t make him a bad person. Addiction happens to a lot of good people, and Michael had a lot of bad happen to him in his life. Sadly, people only want to believe what the tabloids print instead of going out and reading the facts for themselves. It’s a shame that people want to continue to demonize a man who was 100% vindicated in a court of law because the FBI, DCFS and district attorney couldn’t come up with any evidence at all against Michael. Yet people still want to say he’s guilty and Murray is a saint for taking him off the streets. So sick that people think it’s ok for Murray to do what he did all because the victim was Michael Jackson.

    • Ashley

      But thank you for showing logic in this post! IT doesn’t matter if Michael asked for the drugs or not. Murray was the doctor who should have put his patient’s well being first, but he didn’t. It happens too much in Hollywood, so I hope the conviction and sentencing will make other doctors think twice before overprescribing and overmedicating their famous patients. I doubt it, because we live in a world where people don’t learn from their mistakes or anyone elses. :(

    • Ashley

      Kelly, that is speculation. The point is that Murray DID do it, and he was a grown man with a medical degree who should have known better, did know better, and still he did it anyway. Michael Jackson was not a licensed physician. He didn’t go to medical school. HE was the patient, and Dr. Murray didn’t respect the patient/doctor relationship. He let money and his own selfish purposes get in the way, so for that, YES, he IS solely responsible for his patient’s death. You want to place blame on Michael, but Michael has already paid for his choice in doctors with his life. He’s dead, it’s done. There’s no changing that one. But Murray is still alive, still culpable, and he should not be given a wrist slap, because that’s just giving other doctors him the go ahead to be negligent and greedy.

  • Rebecca

    I think that’s a bit harsh Trent. You spend your life writing a blog based on your opinion. It’s fair that your blog should include the opinion of others. I think kelly’s point is that the death was not intentional. You can’t put that into the same camp as rape to prove your point. I don’t agree with what Murray did by any stretch of the imagination but I think this ruling is fair and justified.

    • Ashley

      It was not intentional, but it happened. Saying Michael was a junkie is hearsay. His autopsy report showed that he was in good health for a man his age. If he was a hardcore addict, I think his organs would have shown the drug abuse. The only addictive substances in his system when he died were what Murray was giving him. So again, Murray is responsible for giving those drugs to his patient. Michael trusted Murray to take care of him, and it has been said before that Michael had been told by another physician that Propofol would be ok to use as long as he was monitored. Unfortunately, that’s just another case of bad doctoring for money. Michael wasn’t a doctor. Murray was, and he broke the oath he took as a doctor, so the sentence was more than fair. Even though it wasn’t intentional, he went against his oath as a doctor for weeks until it caught up with him. Then he tried to cover his tracks.

    • @Rebecca — “I think this ruling is fair and justified.” So do I, so we agree. Intentional or not, were it not for the actions of Murray MJ would not have died that day — AND HE WAS A DOCTOR! If a person has a heart attack and a doctor is present and does nothing to help save the person’s life, they are criminally held accountable. Doctors are held to a different standard because they exist to help save lives, not put them in danger. As I said, I’m glad Murray got the max sentence because if he got anything less, he’d prolly never see the inside of a jail cell at all.

  • Amanda

    How do I “like” Rebecca’s comment?

  • Britt

    I haven’t read many of the rest of the comments but just so your all aware. YES, this man contributed to MJs death but he didn’t murder him. It was unintentional hence the manslaughter charge. From the tone of the article to the tone of SOME of the comments I can see not all of you are aware what manslaughter is.

    and @ Trent the law ISN’T supposed to recognize the status of anyone your comment

    “One might think that the punishment for having a hand in the untimely death of the King of Pop might be more severe … but circumstances being what they are … Murray will actually only serve about 2 years in a cushy county jail … and will only be forced to pay $900. I mean … wow … can you believe this?”

    That thinking is whats wrong with America. This man got the same punishment anybody would get for killing anybody under a manslaughter charge. This man killed someone he didn’t murder them. King of pop or not. Case closed

    • @Britt — I never said the law should recognize anyone with special treatment, I was merely highlighting the disparity of punishment in this country. Pointing out the extremity of MJ’s death — a huge celebrity — compared with the punishment for having a hand in his death is meant to show what it really costs to be guilty of manslaughter in this country.