Michael Jackson's Doctor Conrad Murray Could Face House Arrest if Convicted
If found guilty of felony involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to the maximum, he could spend little time in prison.
Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently on trial for felony involuntary manslaughter on Michael Jackson, could face house arrest instead of prison if is he is convicted, TMZ.com reports.
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If Murray is convicted and sentenced to the maximum, which is four years in state prison, he would be considered a non-violent felony, which would send him to county jail instead of state prison, TMZ.com adds, citing law enforcement officials.
Los Angeles County Jail, however, is chronically overcrowded. Therefore, he would be eligible for house arrest because he has no criminal history and a judge could decide he is not a risk to the community. (As TMZ.com cites one law official saying, "It's not like he's going to go out with a bottle of Propofol and kill people.")
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The Los Angeles County sheriff's department would equip him with an electronic monitoring bracelet for the duration of his house arrest if convicted.
He would also likely serve just two years if convicted because of overcrowding.
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However, the sheriff's department tells TMZ.com that Murray would first serve some time in the Los Angeles County jail before being transferred home.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009.