Houston-based cardiologist Murray may have been surprised not to be bailed following his conviction for the involuntary manslaughter in the June, 2009 of pop star Michael Jackson. He was led from the court in handcuffs and taken to the Los Angeles County Jail, although a sentencing hearing is not to be held until November 29.
What will perhaps make his time in jail worse, is that he is considered a “keep away inmate.” This means he will be held in a solo cell for his own protection and will have very limited contact with other inmates. He will have a staff escort who goes everywhere with him, including the shower. He will not be allowed to freely mingle with other inmates. It’s all in a bid to keep him safe.
Former doctor Conrad Murray also lost his medical license as a result of the court ruling, so his future after prison is very uncertain. In addition, he will not know how long he will have to serve in jail until November 29. He faces a maximum of four years in prison.
Superior Court judge Michael Pastor cited “public safety” as the reason why he has been detained until his next court appearance.
But when it all adds up, law enforcement officers are most concerned about Conrad Murray’s safety. That’s what they see as most in jeopardy. That’s why he is on suicide watch and protected from other inmates for his own safety.