District Attorney Steve Cooley says he is considering an appeal after Murray was ordered to serve his sentence for involuntary manslaughter in a county jail, because of overcrowding.
A new law in California keeps those convicted of certain non-violent offences (involuntary manslaughter counts, even though someone ends up dead) out of the state’s over-crowded prison system. They would usually expect to serve half of their sentence.
Mr Cooley is angry that Murray might serve less than two years of his four-year sentence.
Murray was convicted earlier this month of killing pop star Michael Jackson Jackson through criminal negligence, giving him a dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol and failing to monitor him properly or get help quickly enough when Michael was found unconscious. Yesterday he was sentenced to 4 years in jail.
Conrad Murray had been hired by Jackson for his comeback shows inLondonbut had pressured the doctor to find ways to help him sleep during the rehearsal period.
Judge Michael Pastor was withering in his condemnation of Murray, to say the least.
“Dr Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine. One can’t help but to be offended by the circumstances of this case.”
His view was prompted by the fact that he was also critical of the doctor’s participation in the television documentary in which Murray said he felt “entrapped” by Jackson and blamed the star for his own death. He said he was “offended” by the death that landed him in trouble and in court.
The judge said,
“Yipes! Talk about blaming the victim. Not only isn’t there any remorse, there’s umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr Murray against the decedent.”
Murray’s lawyers are preparing their own appeal, calling the judge openly hostile.
The court still has to decide how muchMurrayshould have to pay by way of restitution. Prosecutors want $100m in lost revenue fromJackson’s comeback concerts at London’s O2 Arena and $1.8m in funeral and burial costs. However, both sides agreed it would be impossible for Murray to repay that amount.