Sheriff: Michael Jackson's doctor to serve about 2 years

LOS ANGELES - (AP) - The doctor convicted in the overdose death ofMichael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind barsTuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whoseactions were a "disgrace to the medical profession." Dr. Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed asSuperior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him forwhat he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring forJackson. However, Pastor conceded his sentence was constrained by arecent change in California law that requires Murray to serve hissentence in county jail rather than state prison. Sheriff's officials later said Murray will serve a little lessthan two years behind bars while housed in a one-man cell and keptaway from other prisoners. "This is going to be a real test of our criminal justice systemto see if it's meaningful at all," District Attorney Steve Cooleysaid. Cooley said he was considering asking the judge to modify thesentence to classify the crime as a serious felony warrantingincarceration in state prison. The judge was relentless in his bashing of the 58-year-oldMurray, saying he lied repeatedly and had not shown remorse for hisactions in the treatment of Jackson. Pastor also said Murray'sheavy use of the powerful anesthetic propofol to help Jacksonbattle insomnia violated his sworn obligation. "It should be made very clear that experimental medicine is notgoing to be tolerated, and Mr. Jackson was an experiment," Pastorsaid. "Dr. Murray was intrigued by the prospect and he engaged inthis money for medicine madness that is simply not going to betolerated by me." Pastor also said Murray has "absolutely no sense of fault, andis and remains dangerous" to the community.

Jackson doctor convicted in star's 2009 drug death

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