Michael Jackson’s family say they are satisfied with the sentence handed down to the doctor convicted over the singer’s death in 2009.
Conrad Murray was jailed for a maximum four years by a court in Los Angeles. Earlier this month he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a six-week trial attended every day by Jackson’s parents, brothers and sisters.
“Four years won’t bring my son back, but that’s the law, so the judge gave him the maximum, so I thank the judge, and I thank the prosecutors, and I think everything went well,” said Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother.
Murray’s defence team argued the doctor should be punished for life, known as “the man who killed Michael Jackson”.
But the judge said he had been motivated by money, and had shown no remorse over administering a fatal dose of anaesthetic.
“Dr Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine,” said Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. He called the use of propofol “medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money”.
The sentence came as a relief for the late singer’s fans protesting outside the court.
But prison overcrowding in the county jail means Murray may only spend months behind bars.
He has 60 days in which to appeal.