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Jackson doctor Murray found guilty,faces 4 years in prison

Dr Conrad Murray was going to jail for involuntary manslaughter.

Written by Associated Press | Los Angeles |
November 9, 2011 1:01:31 am

The single word,“Guilty,’’ brought a muffled shriek in the gallery of the packed courtroom and tears from Michael Jackson’s family,but no reaction from the doctor convicted of supplying the King of Pop with the drug he craved for sleep.

With the snap of handcuffs,another chapter in the bizarre saga surrounding Jackson’s life came to a close,and the man who once envisioned a glamorous career as the music icon’s personal physician was led from the courtroom. Dr Conrad Murray was going to jail for involuntary manslaughter.

Murray’s face was grim but betrayed no emotion. In a few minutes,his life had been shattered and it was likely he would never practice medicine again.

It was a precipitous fall for a man who told his patients he had been given “a once in a lifetime opportunity’’ for which he was giving up his practice. At 58,he planned to devote himself to one patient,Jackson,who would escort him into a world of glamour and celebrity.

All of that ended on June 25,2009,in a Holmby Hills mansion where he gave his difficult patient what he wanted,an operating room anesthetic that Jackson called his “milk,’’ the only thing the singer trusted to put him to sleep. Now Murray faces up to four years in prison,although overcrowding makes it unlikely he’ll serve that long.

Jurors heard hours of testimony about propofol,the drug that killed Jackson,and they listened while defence attorneys blamed the singer for his own death.

Deliberations were short,less than nine hours over two days.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor praised the panel’s dedication. “This is a crime where the end result (was) the death of a human being,’’ the judge said.

He then ordered Murray taken into immediate custody and held without bail pending sentencing November 29. Katherine Jackson,walked away slowly on the arm of her son,Randy. “I feel better now,’’ she said quietly and told an Associated Press reporter that she had been confident of the outcome. Her daughter,La Toya,said she was overcome with joy and felt her brother’s presence in the courtroom. “Michael was looking over us,’’ she said.

Monday’s verdict was greeted with cheers outside the courthouse where Murray was convicted.

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