Even if Dr. Conrad Murray is convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter for his part in the death of Michael Jackson, and receives a maximum four year term in state prison, he may never spend a single day in prison. He could well end up serving two years on house arrest.
The state if California passed a new law that came into effect October 1. Due to serious overcrowding in California’s jails, people convicted of non-violent felonies cannot be sent to State prison. Instead, non-violent felons serve their time in county jail.
Believe it or not, even though someone ended up dead, involuntary manslaughter is a non-violent felony. That means that if Conrad Murray is convicted he would go to L.A. County Jail. He’s likely only to be sentenced to two years in jail.
And here is where the news gets even better for Dr. Conrad Murray. Severe overcrowding in the jails means that he will probably be eligible to serve the two years under house arrest.
Eligibility for house arrest is decided according to two factors: previous god conduct and risk to the community. Dr. Murray has a clean record and, as one law enforcement official put it, he poses no risk: it’s not like he’s going to go out with a bottle of Propofol and kill people.
So if California’s jail is full, the Sheriff could order Murray to serve house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet. However, one official of the Sheriff’s Department thinks it unlikely there would be no jail time if he is convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.