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Conrad Murray To Be Sentenced Today

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Conrad Murray will return to court today to discover how long he will serve in prison for killing Michael Jackson.

Prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence the 58-year-old doctor to the maximum of four years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson in June 2009.

They also want the court to order Murray to pay “restitution” to Jackson’s three children for losses and costs totalling $100m.

Murray’s defence lawyers say Murray  has been punished enough by the loss of his friend and his medical licences.

They describe him as “a changed, grief-stricken man, who walks around under a pall of sadness since the loss of his patient”.

It is not yet known whether Jackson’s family or even his children will speak during the sentencing hearing.

His mother Katherine and several siblings attended all of the six-week-long trial and have the right to make a victim impact statement.

There has been speculation that some members of the family are preparing to speak, possibly including Jackson’s own children.

Criminal defence lawyer Dana Cole told Sky News that any statement from the Jackson family in court could be significant.

He said,

“This judge has been very deferential to the Jackson family so I think hearing from them is going to have an impact on him. He will want Dr Murray to hear what the family members have to say.”

The hearing will be screened live but the court has the right to turn off the cameras to protect any of those giving victim impact statements. So it is thought unlikely that even if they were to speak, that the statements from Michael Jackson’s children would be televised.

Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month.

Prosecutors portrayed him as an incompetent doctor who administered the power surgical anaesthetic propofol in Jackson’s bedroom without adequate safeguards and messed up his care when things went wrong and Michael was discovered unconscious.

Several doctors told the trial they would not have given Jackson the treatments in his bedroom and that Murray violated the standard of care multiple times.

Now Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor must decide Murray’s fate. He had harsh words for Murray on the day he was convicted, saying,

“Dr Murray’s reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public.”

Murray has spent 22 nights on remand in LA’s County Jail. A new California law designed to combat over-crowding could mean he will return there rather than to state prison. He could even get probation instead of a prison sentence.

However, Judge Pastor could also take into account Murray’s decision to participate in a documentary that was filmed throughout the trial and aired days after Murray’s conviction. In it, Murray said that he does not feel guilty about the singer’s death because he does not think he did anything wrong.

Murray’s lawyers are relying largely on statements from his former patients to portray Murray in a better light and secure a lighter sentence.

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