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Conrad Murray's sentencing hearing is complete, and he will serve 4 years in the Los Angeles County Jail for the death of Michael Jackson.
Judge Michael Pastor found Murray was not eligible for probation because "you can't have probation when there isn't an acknowledgment of rehabilitation and responsibility." He was referring to Murray's failure to express remorse for Jackson's death and his apparent outrage at even having to stand trial, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A later hearing has been set to determine the amount of restitution to be paid to Jackson's family.
As is usual during sentencing hearings, Conrad Murray's attorney presented a number of mitigating factors to the court. He argued that Murray has a long history of community service, having spent considerable time training doctors in the Caribbean. He also opened a free clinic in Houston.
Prosecutors countered Murray's altruistic history with his behavior towards Michael Jackson. He kept no medical records, lacked the proper equipment, and abandoned him in his time of need. Murray, they charged, engaged in a consistent pattern of deceptive behavior.
That pattern played a big part in Conrad Murray's sentence. The Judge pointed to Murray's "continuous pattern of deceit and lies." He engaged in the "sophisticated, intentional deception" of those associated with Michael Jackson--even while he was dying.
Judge Pastor further stated that Murray violated his obligation to his patient for fame, prestige and money. He cited the slurred recording of Michael Jackson made by Murray just six weeks before his death.
Why would Murray record Jackson during a vulnerable moment? The Judge believes that it was some sort of insurance policy. If Jackson didn't die, it could possibly be used to secure his position.
These factors, along with the lack of remorse, overcame any of Murray's good deeds, according to the judge. He simply couldn't justify giving Conrad Murray a sentence that involved no jail time.
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