Conrad Murray sentence: Four years in jail

Gaby Leslie

Dr Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

The physician was found guilty of killing Michael Jackson at a Los Angeles court on 7 November with the jury reaching their verdict unanimously.

Dr Murray, who is considered a danger to the public, will serve his time at the Los Angeles County Jail, where he has already spent 22 nights.

The court denied Dr Murray probation.

Earlier, prosecutors had asked judge Michael Pastor to sentence the 58-year-old doctor to the maximum of four years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson on 25 June 2009.

They also requested that Dr Murray pay restitution to Jackson's three children Paris, Prince and Blanket in terms of costs for the burial and funeral expenses, lost wages and earnings - calculated to be $100m (£65m).

However, the restitution costs will be decided at a later date.

[ Biography: Dr Conrad Murray]

Dr Murray's sentencing comes after a six-week manslaughter trial in which he was found guilty of causing Michael Jackson's death by giving him a fatal overdose of the surgical anaesthetic propofol, combined with other sedatives, on June 25, 2009 to help Jackson sleep to prepare for his comeback tour.

Brian Panish, an attourney and friend of the Jackson family read out their victim statement to the court. Jackson's three children had said: "We will grow up without a father, our best friend, playmate and dad."

The family's statement also added: "We respectfully request that you impose a sentence that demonstrates that physicians cannot sell their services to the highest bidder and lose sight of their hippocratic oath."