Judge Pastor threw the book at Conrad Murray today.  Murray is not eligible for early release electronic monitoring or house arrest.  Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, who has been the lead prosecutor throughout the trial, argued for the maximum sentence noting Murray was "playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson's life every single night" in using the surgical anesthetic propofol in a "reckless, obscene manner" as a sleep aid. Judge Pastor concurred, saying Jackson died "not because of an isolated one-off occurrence or incident, he died because of a totality of circumstances which are directly attributable to Dr. Murray...because of a series of decisions that Murray made." Judge Pastor chastised Murray for blaming the victim for his death, both in his defense strategy and in his "faux documentary" (Pastor's words.) He also observed Murray has shown no remorse declaring, "there is umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray at the decedent, without any, any indication of the slightest involvement in this case." The Judge also cited "Murray's pattern of deceit and lies" as a factor in the sentencing.  

Sheriff's officials say Murray may only do two years behind bars, but the world can take comfort in the fact he was cuffed and led out of the courtroom to continue his sentence in a solitary cell.  He still faces a civil suit from the Jackson Family and Michael Jackson's Estate.  The Judge deferred determination of damages and restitution for the criminal case until January 23, 2012.  Prosecutors are seeking as much as US$120 million.
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